Philip McFarland

Historian Philip McFarland lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. He earned degrees from Oberlin College and Cambridge University, and taught English at Concord Academy for thirty years. In addition to Hawthorne in Concord, his publications include Sojourners: A Narrative of the Human Adventure as Lived by Some Historic Dreamers and Sufferers (Simon & Schuster, 1979) and The Brave Bostonians: Hutchinson, Quincy, Franklin and the Coming of the American Revolution (Westview Press, 1998).


Volume 72

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Guests on Volume 72: John Polkinghorne, on lessons for theology learned from the inductive nature of the work of science; Francesca Aran Murphy, on the efforts of 20th-century Catholic and French philosopher √Čtienne Gilson to reconcile faith and reason; James Hitchcock, on the history of the Supreme Court's decisions regarding religious practice and liberty; Wilfred McClay, on Nathaniel Hawthorne's vision of the intractability of human failings and the possibilities of the American experiment, and on the theme of place and communal obligation in Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing; Philip McFarland, on how Hawthorne's sensitivity to the darker side of human nature makes him perennially instructive; and David Hackett Fischer, on the history of how Americans have understood and symbolized freedom and liberty.