Gary Scott

A Brief History of Economic Thought for Statesmen
By Gary Scott on November 19, 2010

Few visit the economics department for merriment.  Economists post unfriendly signs above their doorways like, “I am a scientist: give way.”  Skeptical faculties rebuke them with, “Economists can never be truly educated.”

Despite economists’ impressive analytical doctrine, might they or any specialized PhDs, become over-educated or mal-educated?  John Henry Newman reminds us that, “You must be above your knowledge, not under it, or it will oppress you; and the more you have of it, the greater will be the load.”

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A Posthumous Interview with John Henry Newman: On Universities
By Gary Scott on September 21, 2010

An exclusive with the newly beatified Cardinal Newman.


Dr. Ralph M. McInerny (1929-2010)
By Gary Scott on February 01, 2010

Dr. Ralph M. McInerny

Dr. Ralph McInerny, gentleman scholar, novelist, and devoted father and husband, died Friday. He was eighty years old.


Humanitarian Help from a Civic Calculus
By Gary Scott on December 22, 2009

A simple principle solves our confusing health care predicament. Convert ninety percent of all committed health care expenditures into a simple annual cash payment to the needy. The poor prefer it and gain from it. Return ten percent to taxpayers. It advances liberty and the common good.


En Memoriam: Paul Samuelson (1915-2009)
By Gary Scott on December 14, 2009

One of history’s most accomplished economists—Paul Samuelson—died Sunday in Belmont, Massachusetts at age 94.


Republic of the Intellect: 30th Anniversary of a Modern Classic
By Gary Scott on November 06, 2009

Liberal education for Professor Eva T.H. Brann consists of "artfully superintended conversations . . . aided by great books." It provides Americans with an education that suits its political regime, a matching, according to Brann, that Aristotle would have recommended. Studying the classics and the American founding does "not aim at a return to the past but at its re-appropriation for the present."


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Gary Scott
Gary Scott

Dr. Gary Scott is Senior Research Fellow in Civic Literacy at ISI and is currently directing a research study of colleges' effectiveness at teaching civic subjects. Before joining ISI in February 2003, he served nine years as an associate professor of economics and graduate program director at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. His publications include a 1997 book Learning Capital and his more recent Equal Educational Opportunity and the Significance of Circumstantial Knowledge appearing in the British journal Education Economics. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Notre Dame in 1993.