Richard J. Bishirjian, was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Gerhart Niemeyer. While a graduate student at Notre Dame, and later as a member of the Faculty of the University of Dallas, he studied under Eric Voegelin. After completing graduate work at Notre Dame, he did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics. Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas and New York and is the author of a history of political theory, editor of A Public Philosophy Reader and The Conservative Rebellion. His next book, The Coming Death and Resurrection of American Higher Education will be published by St. Augustine’s Press in April, 2017. Dr. Bishirjian is the author of professional essays in The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, Review of Politics and Anamnesis and has published topical essays in Chronicles of Culture and the American Spectator.
Dr. Bishirjian attended his first Philadelphia Society meeting in 1969 and became a member of the Philadelphia Society 1975. From 1975 to 2009 Dr. Bishirjian gave many presentations to the Society. For many years he served as an Editorial Advisor, and frequent contributor, to Modern Age, a quarterly journal founded by Russell Kirk. Dr. Bishirjian’s The Conservative Rebellion was published in 2015. He is completing a novel titled “Coda,” a story about national politics, Presidential ambitions, personal tragedy and rebirth.
Book: The Coming Death and Future Resurrection of AmericanHigher Education, St. Augustine’s Press, 2017.
Book: The Conservative Rebellion, St. Augustine’s Press, 2015
Essay: “Dreams versus Reality,” Chronicles of Culture, July 13, 2015.
Essay: “Grammy Anarchy,” Chronicles of Culture, February 11, 2015.
Essay: “MOOCs versus HCOCS,” National Association of Scholars, July 16, 2014.
Review: “The Death of Conservatism” by Sam Tanenhaus. Modern Age, Vol. 52, No.3, Summer, 2010, pp. 243-245.
Essay: “Quantification and Intelligence Testing,” Humanitas, Vol. 22, Nos. 1 & 2, 2009, pp. 185-192.
Essay: “Difficult Labor: The Perils of Birthing a New College,” Academic Questions, Summer 2009, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 284-297.
Essay: “Why I am a conservative,” Modern Age, Summer 2007, Vol. 49, No. 3.
Essay: “The United States in the World Arena,” Modern Age, Winter 2007.
Monograph: The American Political Tradition and the Nature of Public Philosophy,Copley Custom Publishing, Acton, MA, 2004. 2nd printing 2006.
Essay: “Origins and End of the New World Order,” Modern Age, (Summer 2004).
Essay: “Online Stock Offerings are Overregulated,” Forbes.com, March 2001.
Article: “The Creation of a Conservative Intellectual: 1960‑65,” Modern Age, (Winter, 1998).
Article: “Daimonic Men,” in Modern Age, (Winter, 1996), pp. 162‑166.
Article: “Hegel and Classical Philosophy,” in Modern Age, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 1992), pp. 126‑134.
Review: Aftersight and Foresight: Selected Essays by Gerhart Niemeyer in University Bookman, Volume 29, Number 3, 1989, pp. 4-8.
Article: “The Problem of Carlyle’s Religion,” in The Good Man in Society: Active Contemplation, edited by Gueguen, Henry & Rhodes (Lanham, MD: University Press of America,1989), pp. 75‑90.
Monograph: The Nature of Public Philosophy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1982).
Article: “Civil Religion and American Foreign Policy” in The Hillsdale Review (Spring, 1981), Vol. III, No. 1, pp. 3‑11.
Review: Eric Voegelin, Anamnesis [English translation] in Christianity and Literature, vol. xxvii, no. 4 (Summer, 1979), pp. 76‑79.
Article: “Wilson, Croly and the American Civil Religion,” in Modern Age, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Winter, 1979), pp. 33‑38.
Review: Dale Vree, On Synthesizing Marxism and Christianity in The Academic Reviewer (Winter, 1979), pp. 27‑28.
Review: James Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library in English, in Christianity and Literature, Vol. xxvii, no. 3 (Spring, 1979), pp. 77‑78.
Book: A Public Philosophy Reader, ed, with an introductory essay (New Rochelle: Arlington House Publishers, 1978).
Book: The Development of Political Theory: A Critical Analysis (Dallas: The Society for the Study of Traditional Culture, 1978).
Review: Bernard Crick, Political Theory and Practice in Modern Age (Winter 1978), Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 94‑96.
Review: Robert Nisbet, Sociology as an Art Form in New Oxford Review, Vol. XLV, No. 1 (January 1978), pp. 20‑21.
Review: Michael Novak, The Joy of Sports in The Academic Reviewer (Spring/Summer 1978), pp. 1‑2.
Article: “The Public Philosophy in American Democracy,” in The Intercollegiate Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter/Spring 1978), pp. 95‑100.
Review: Robert Nisbet, Twilight of Authority in New Oxford Review (March 1977)
Review: Thomas Molnar, Authority and Its Enemies in Modern Age (Summer 1977), Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 318‑19.
Review: Sebastiano Timpanaro, On Materialism in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 39, No. 2 (May 1977), p. 548.
Article: “Carlyle’s Political Religion,” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 38, No. 1 (February 1976), pp. 95‑113.
Review: Bernard Crick, In Defense of Politics in The Occasional Review, Issue 5 (Autumn 1976), pp. 123‑127.
Review: Thomas Molnar, God and the Knowledge of Reality in The Alternative (June/July, 1975), pp. 30‑31:
Article: “Thomas Hill Green’s Political Philosophy,” in The Political Science Reviewer, Vol. 4 (Fall 1974), pp. 29‑53.