Robert J. O’Hara

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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“  Areas of interest: systematics, evolutionary biology, and the history and theory of the historical sciences; relations between the sciences and the humanities; residential colleges, house systems, homeschooling, and the renewal of educational life; ancient Greek numismatics; New England genealogy; Herman Melville. For more please visit rjohara.net.  ”

Scholarly Papers (24)

1.

Moby Dylan: An Analysis of Bob Dylan’s Summary of Moby-Dick in His 2017 Nobel Lecture

Number of pages: 10 Posted: 13 Jun 2017 Last Revised: 19 Jun 2017
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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American literature, Andrea Pitzer, Bob Dylan, genetic criticism, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, musicology, Nobel Prize, novels, plagiarism, song lyrics, source studies, SparkNotes

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Trees of History in Systematics and Philology

Memorie della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano, 27(1): 81–88
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 02 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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evolution, historical linguistics, palaetiology, philology, philosophy of science, philosophy of history, phylogeny, stemmatics, systematics, tree-thinking

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How to Build a Residential College

Planning for Higher Education, 30(2): 52-57, Winter 2001-2002
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 03 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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colleges, collegiate universities, education reform, higher education, house systems, liberal education, planning, residential colleges, student life, universities

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Mapping the Space of Time: Temporal Representation in the Historical Sciences

Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences, 20: 7–17. (New Perspectives on the History of Life: Systematic Biology as Historical Narrative, M.T. Ghiselin & G. Pinna, eds.) 1996
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 05 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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historical linguistics, palaetiology, philology, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, stemmatics, systematics, tree-thinking, William Whewell

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Publications of Stephen Toulmin: A Working Bibliography

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 29 Dec 2014
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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cosmology, epistemology, ethics, evolution, geology, historical sciences, history of science, logic, medicine, palaetiology, philosophy of science, postmodernism, psychology, rhetoric, teleology

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Inscriptions from the West Street Cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1798-1879), with an Outline of the Early Marshall Families in Fitchburg’s Laurel Hill Cemetery

MASSOG, 40(3):79-87, 41(1):17-24, 2016
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 23 Jan 2015 Last Revised: 02 Feb 2017
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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cemeteries, genealogy, epigraphy, inscriptions, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Marshall family, Harvard alumni

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Population Thinking and Tree Thinking in Systematics

Zoologica Scripta, 26(4): 323–329
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 04 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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essentialism, evolution, history of science, philosophy of science, phylogeny, population-thinking, systematics, teleology, tree-thinking

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American Higher Education and the 'Collegiate Way of Living' (美国高等教育和 '学院制生活')

Community Design (Tsinghua University), 30(2): 10-21
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 09 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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architecture, colleges, collegiate universities, decentralization, dormitories, education reform, higher education, house systems, housing, liberal education, residential colleges, student life, university administration

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Trees of History in Systematics, Historical Linguistics, and Stemmatics: A Working Interdisciplinary Bibliography

Number of pages: 12 Posted: 21 Dec 2014 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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evolution, genealogy, historical linguistics, historical sciences, history of science, palaetiology, philosophy of science, phylogeny, stemmatics, systematics, textual transmission, tree thinking

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Diagrammatic Classifications of Birds, 1819-1901: Views of the Natural System in 19th-Century British Ornithology

Acta XIX Congressus Internationalis Ornithologici (H. Ouellet, ed.), pp. 2746-2759. Ottawa: National Museum of Natural Sciences, 1988
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 01 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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history of science, philosophy of science, natural history, systematics, classification, taxonomy, visual representation, diagrams

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Was Ishmael Black? Facts Behind Herman Melville’s Fiction

Journal of African American History, 102(3): 380–386, 2017
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 08 Feb 2018 Last Revised: 21 Dec 2020
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Melville, Moby-Dick, African Americans, Massachusetts, genealogy, naming patterns, onomastics, race, slavery

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The History of Systematics: A Working Bibliography, 1965-1996

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 22 Dec 2014
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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cladistic analysis, cladistics, classification, evolution, evolutionary biology, historical sciences, history of science, natural history, palaetiology, phylogenetics, phylogeny, species, systematics, taxonomy, tree thinking, visual communication

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Homage to Clio, or, Toward an Historical Philosophy for Evolutionary Biology

Systematic Zoology, 37(2): 145-155, 1988
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 30 Jan 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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evolution, narrative, palaetiology, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, systematics, tree-thinking

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'Oh, God! to think Man ever comes too near his Home!': Thomas Hood’s poem 'The Lee Shore' as a source for Moby-Dick

Leviathan, 18(2): 39–52, 2016
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 22 Dec 2014 Last Revised: 14 Jul 2016
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Herman Melville, Thomas Hood, Moby-Dick, source studies, genetic criticism

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The Names Ahab and Ishmael in Early Massachusetts

Notes and Queries, 62(3): 417-418, September 2015
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 31 Jan 2015 Last Revised: 27 Aug 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Ahab, Ishmael, onomastics, vital records, genealogy, Massachusetts, Bible

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Evolutionary History and the Species Problem

American Zoologist, 34(1): 12-22
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 02 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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future contingents, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, species, systematics, tree-thinking

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Narrative in the Historical Sciences: A Working Interdisciplinary Bibliography

Number of pages: 3 Posted: 24 Dec 2014
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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anthropology, cosmology, ecology, economics, epistemology, evolution, evolutionary biology, explanation, historical sciences, history of science, literary theory, narrative, narratology, paleontology, palaetiology, philosophy of science, phylogeny, systematics, tree thinking

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Telling the Tree: Narrative Representation and the Study of Evolutionary History

Biology and Philosophy, 7(2) 135-160, 1992
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 01 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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cladistics, classification, evolutionary history, narrative, natural history, natural system, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, progress, systematics, tree-thinking, tree topology

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Systematic Generalization, Historical Fate, and the Species Problem

Systematic Biology, 42(3): 231-246, 1993
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 01 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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cartography, evolution, future contingents, generalization, maps, narrative, natural system, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, representation, species, tree-thinking, trees

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The Biogeographic Evidence Supporting the Pleistocene Forest Refuge Hypothesis

Evolution, 40(1): 55–67, 1986
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 25 Mar 2015
Ernst Mayr and Robert J. O’Hara
Harvard University (Deceased) and Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Africa, biogeography, evolution, Great Apes, hominids, human evolution, Pleistocene, speciation

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Against Theme Halls

Student Affairs Leader, 35(22):1-2, 2007
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 07 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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colleges, collegiate universities, education reform, higher education, house systems, housing, liberal education, planning, residential colleges, student life, universities

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Representations of the Natural System in the Nineteenth Century

pp. 164-183, Picturing Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical Problems Concerning the Use of Art in Science, B.S. Baigrie, ed., Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996, Biology and Philosophy, 6(2): 255–274, 1991
Posted: 02 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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systematics, evolution, history, phylogeny, ornithology, diagrams, representation, natural history, natural system, taxonomy, classification

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Problems in the Narrative Representation of Evolutionary History

American Zoologist, 28(4): 144A, 1988
Posted: 01 Feb 2015 Last Revised: 12 Apr 2017
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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evolution, narrative, philosophy of history, philosophy of science, phylogeny, systematics

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Strickland and Wallace, and the Systematic Argument for Evolution

American Zoologist, 27(4): 107A, 1987
Posted: 30 Jan 2015 Last Revised: 11 Apr 2017
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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Hugh Edwin Strickland, Alfred Russel Wallace, history of science, natural history, systematics

Other Papers (8)

Total Downloads: 85
1.

Essay-Review of Christian’s Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 20(1): 117–120
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 09 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 30 Mar 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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big history, cosmology, narrative, philosophy of history, teleology

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Reply to Lincoln Caplan’s Profile of Law Professor Cass Sunstein, 'The Legal Olympian'

Harvard Magazine, Vol. 117, No. 4, p. 7 (March-April 2015)
Number of pages: 1 Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Cass Sunstein, Harvard University, administrative law, behavioral economics, constitution, liberty, paternalism, regulatory state, republicanism, tyranny, virtue

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Essay-Review of Valentine’s On the Origin of Phyla

International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 21(1): 109–112
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 30 Mar 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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classification, history of biology, philosophy of biology, phylogeny, systematics, tree-thinking

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Hogwarts U

Inside Higher Ed, 28 November 2006
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 20 Mar 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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colleges, collegiate universities, diversity, higher education, higher education administration, house systems, residential colleges, student life, universities

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Pasta with a Side Order of Philosophy, Please

Times Higher Education Supplement (London), 20 August 2004, p. 14
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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collegiate universities, educational psychology, higher education, residential colleges, house systems, university administration

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To Gather from the Air a Live Tradition

Inside Higher Ed, 21, December 2007
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 28 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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colleges, collegiate universities, diversity, higher education, house systems, music, religion, residential colleges, ritual, student life, tradition, universities

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Vita: Chauncey Wright – Brief Life of an 'Indolent Genius': 1830-1875

Harvard Magazine, 96(4): 42-43, March-April 1994
Number of pages: 1 Posted: 20 Feb 2015
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Chauncey Wright, Charles Darwin, evolution, evolutionary epistemology, natural selection, philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, pragmatism, teleology

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Take Time to Visit the ‘Dangerous’ Library

Fitchburg (Mass.) Pride, Vol. 1, No. 20, Page 4 (8 June 2007)
Number of pages: 1 Posted: 02 Mar 2017
Robert J. O’Hara
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Archibald MacLeish, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Fitchburg Public Library, Wallace Library, freedom of the press, liberty, libraries, public libraries