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About Bennett Gilbert

My current long-term research project is the philosophical concepts of verification of truth and transfer of authority, especially moral authority, through copying, casting, reflection, and other forms of representation in the period prior to the introduction of printing, 1375-1450, Here are views about the nature of creation, regeneration, and other matters that were ontological pre-conditions for the many new techniques of duplication invented or deployed in this period. My interest are the philosophy and theory of history and the intellectual history of Europe and the United States from earliest times to the present, with special interests currently in the "pre-printing period" of c. 1375 to 1450 and in Rococo style in arts and sciences c. 1710-1740. As an historian I am interested in the relations of conception and production as a crucial point in developing a theory of intellectual history. I have a wide range of interests in intellectual history from antiquity to the present day. In examining intellectual history I try to study the moral worlds of historical actors at all levels of society. As a philosopher of history my work revolves around fundamental ethics, including the relations of ethics and ontology and the history of moral philosophy. In philosophy of history I am especially interested in the relationship of moral thought to historical method and in neo-idealist approaches to time, memory, and historiographic re-constructions. As both historian and philosopher I am interested in object-oriented ontology but am a strong critic of it. I worked for 30 years as a bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller. I study and publish in several fields of historical research, usually with an emphasis on relevant philosophical, theoretical, and ethical issues. My book, A Personalist Philosophy of History, will be published by Routledge in 2019.

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Present Instructor, Portland State University University Studies
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