About

Harvey5I am new to personal blogging, but I have been active in various user forums on the Web since 1997. I am an American expat intellectual living in southwest France. I have a Ph.D. in Classics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters in Philosophy from Penn State Univ. I graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz  with a degree in Medieval Studies.

I was born in San Francisco and lived in San Francisco for most of my life, prior to moving to France in 2006. My dissertation on Plato’s dialogue “The Statesman”, entitled “Diaeresis and Myth in Plato’s Statesman,” was published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Germany). I have published an interview with the deceased German emigre philosopher Hans Jonas in “Social Research,” to which I have linked on the Homepage of this blog.

After leaving graduate school, I worked in various capacities in commercial real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for approximately twenty years. I was a commercial real estate appraiser for approximately ten years.

I will be blogging about the various subjects that interest me, including politics, philosophy, literature, music, film, life in France, and possibly NBA basketball.

I am also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.   I began playing the guitar at age 11 and have studied jazz guitar in a desultory way over the years.  I hope to develop my guitar playing a good deal in retirement.  I invite you to listen to a selection of my songs by clicking on the My Songs tab on the main page of this blog.   I will probably rotate the selection somewhat.   Hope you enjoy the songs.

I have been married for close to thirty years to Georgiana Prata.  We have no children, which has allowed, or caused us to remain somewhat childlike ourselves.

3 Responses

  1. Very cool. I look forward to hanging out in LEDOCS WORLD

  2. Hoping for lots more where this came from

  3. Looking good Harvey … thx for the song lyrics — there’s a couple of verses of intellectual crooks that I hadn’t heard. And I love the last sentence in your profile … could apply to Pat and I also.

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