Writings

Paul Jerome Croce

Feel free to call (386-822-7533) or write (pcroce@stetson.edu) for information about any of the following:

Newspaper and Magazine Articles, General Audience Presentations

  • "Halloween on Minnesota Avenue: The Second-Most-Important Vote of the Fall Season" The DeLand Beacon (December 6-8, 2004)
  • "The US Roots of UN Scandal," Orlando Sentinel (November 26, 2004)
  • "The Bush Vote: Why?," Daytona Beach News-Journal (November 7, 2004)
  • "Saving Lieutenant Kerry: An Open Letter to the Candidate, The DeLand Beacon (October 7-10, 2004)
  • "Kinder, Gentler Republicans?," Daytona Beach News-Journal (September 5, 2004)
  • "New Policy Requires Wasting Resources," The Stetson Reporter (April 21, 2004)
  • "Obscenity Exposes Foolish Prejudices," The Stetson Reporter (March 24, 2004)
  • "Karen Winkle: American Studies Enriches a Lifelong Interest in History," Stetson University Magazine (Winter 2004), pp. 14-15
  • "The Halloween Outfits of West Minnesota Avenue," The DeLand Beacon (November 13-16, 2003)
  • "Race Issues Can Overshadow Other Key Election Discussions," Daytona Beach News-Journal (November 9, 2003)
  • "Lessons Learned by 'Distorter,'" The Stetson Reporter (October 15, 2003)
  • "Why Do We Bother Voting at All?" Daytona Beach News-Journal (October 5, 2003)
  • "International Politics Down the Street," Daytona Beach News-Journal (May 28, 2003)
  • "The Pragmatism of the American Spirit," Christian Science Monitor (March 14, 2003)
  • "What is Just About This War?" Daytona Beach News-Journal (February 26, 2003)
  • "Into the Dorms for Earth Week," Eureka! Newsletter of the Stetson Discovery Program (August 2002), p. 7.
  • "John Burnham and the History of Human Science" [Notes from the Chair], Forum for the History of Human Science vol. 14, no. 1 (Summer 2002), pp. 1-3.
  • "It's Good, But is it Human Science?" [Notes from the Chair], Forum for the History of Human Science vol. 13, no. 2 (Winter 2002), pp. 1-3
  • "The Right Response: More Than Two Choices," DeLand Beacon (November 6, 2001)
  • Religion Gives Hope, Morality Brings Action," The Stetson Reporter (September 26, 2001)
  • "Terrorists on Trial: Make Humiliation, Not War," DeLand Beacon (September 21, 2001)
  • "Reaching Out" [Notes from the Chair], Forum for the History of Human Science vol. 13, no. 1 (Summer 2001), pp. 1-2
  • "Michael Novak Speech Brings Angular Truth," The Stetson Reporter (February 28, 2001)
  • "Hints of Doubt About Knowing with Numbers," Public Perspective, February 2001
  • "Building Bridges" [Notes from the Chair], Forum for History of Human Science Newsletter vol. 12, no. 2 (Winter 2001), pp. 1-2
  • "The Personal Is Political; Let's Decide If It's Presidential," DeLand Beacon (November 3, 2000)
  • "VP Candidates Set the Tone: Bush, Gore Should Listen to Dad and Uncle Joe," DeLand Beacon (October 17, 2000)
  • "On Job Interviewing: Thinking from Both Sides of the Table," American Historical Association Perspectives (December 1999)
  • "The Conservatives Will Always Be With You," http://www.thevolusian.com/ (July, 1999)
  • "Invisible Fathers," The Stetson Reporter (November 12, 1997)
  • "If It's Certain, It Can't Be True: On the Evolution of Science and Religion in Nineteenth-Century American Culture," invited lecture, Iowa State University, November 1997
  • "Can Multiculturalism Unite Us?," The Responsive Community (Spring 1997)
  • "A Brief History of Manners," Public Perspective (December 1996) panelist, "Rosewood: The Tragic Reality, the Book, the Film, and American Culture in 1996," Caffe DaVinci, DeLand, Florida (March 1996)
  • "Hail to the (New) Chief" DeLand Beacon, January 20, 1993
  • "The Decline of Mass Culture" Public Perspectives vol. 3, no. 6, September-October 1992 [quoted in Michiko Kakutani, "Against the Tide: Making the Case for Shades of Gray," New York Times (June 18, 1993), and in Robert Samuelson, The Good Life and Its Discontents (New York: Random House, 1995), p. 211]
  • "If Grover Cleveland Could Give Advice" Daytona Beach News- Journal, February 1, 1992
  • "Honoring a Heritage: The Atlanta ... Cherokees?" Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 24, 1991
  • "Walt Disney: It Takes a Tough Boss to Make a Cuddly-Cute Cartoon," Daytona Beach News-Journal, October 17, 1991
  • radio interview on Johnny Carson's cultural impact, The Carol Arnold Show, KTOK Radio, Oklahoma City, October 10, 1991
  • "Put Democrats' Money Where Mouths Are," Orlando Sentinel, August 18, 1991
  • "Why We Care So Much About Our Celebrities," Daytona Beach News- Journal, August 4, 1991
  • "Billy Graham: Reading Between the Lines," Daytona Beach News-Journal, February 18, 1991
  • "Can Parents Ever Be Peers?" Orlando Sentinel, January 20, 1990
  • "Somber Democrats Must Celebrate Their Own Virtues," Orlando Sentinel, September 14, 1991
  • "From Abbie Hoffman in '60s to Joe Isuzu in '80s," Orlando Sentinel, April 19, 1991
  • "Bush's Patrician Populism," Orlando Sentinel, February 13, 1991
  • "Is America in Decline?," presentation at The Orlando Center for the Humanities, October 12, 1988

Publications and Presentations on Teaching

  • Theresa Fish, "Focus on Education: 'Darwinism and the Divine in American Culture,'" Science and Theology News (May 2004): p. 23
  • Poster presentation on the course "Darwinism and the Divine in American Culture" and on Stetson's Values Commitments, Interpreting Evolution: Scientific and Religious Perspectives conference (June 2001)
  • "The Modern Mind: Mental Science, Social Theory, and Methodology" [Forum on Undergraduate Syllabi], Intellectual History Newsletter vol. 14 (1992), pp. 77-79
  • "Narratives of the Past: Involving Students in the Interpretations of Marginal and Mainstream American Texts," Southern American Studies Association meeting, February 1991

Reviews of Scholarly Books

  • review of Jeffrey Sklansky, The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920, in Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences (2005)
  • review of Wayne Proudfoot, ed., William James and a Science of Religions: Reexperiencing The Varieties of Religious Experience, in Transactions of the C. S. Peirce Society (2005)
  • review of Scott Pratt, Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy, in Journal of American History (September 2003)
  • review of Gail Hamner, American Pragmatism: a Religious Genealogy, in Religious Studies Review (2003)
  • review of Charles Taylor, Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited, in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter (forthcoming)
  • review of Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America, in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences and in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter (forthcoming)
  • review of Christoper D. Green, Marlene Shore,and Thomas Teo, eds. The Transformation of Psychology: Influences of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy, Technology, and Natural Science in Isis (2002)
  • "A Useful Excentricity: William James's Engagement with Science" [a review essay of The Correspondence of William James, vols. 1-9], in Isis (2002)
  • review of David Lamberth, William James and the Metaphysics of Experience in The International Journal for Philosophy and Religion 51 (2002):65-67
  • review of Ronald L. Numbers and John Stenhouse, Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion, and Gender in American Historical Review (2001)
  • review of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 11 (1863), Frederick Burkhardt, et al., eds. in Quarterly Review of Biology (March 2001)
  • review of Craig James Hazen, The Village Enlightenment in America: Popular Religion and Science in the Nineteenth Century in Journal of American History (March 2001)
  • review of Robert Roth, S.J., Radical Pragmatism: An Alternative in The Review of Politics (Winter 2000)
  • "Beyond the Warfare of Science and Religion in American Culture --and Back Again" [a review essay on ten recent books in the history of science and religion: Peter Harrison, The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science; Margaret Welch, The Book of Nature: Natural History in the United States, 1825-1875; Stephen G. Alter, Darwinism and the Linguistic Image: Language, Race, and Natural Theology in the Nineteenth Century; Ronald L. Numbers, Darwinism Comes to America; Edward J. Larson, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion; James Gilbert, Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of science; Ursula Goodenough, The Sacred Depths of Nature; Paul K. Conkin, When All the Gods Trembled: Darwinism, Scopes and American Intellectuals; David A. Hollinger, Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Intellectual History; Chet Raymo, Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion], in Religious Studies Review vol. 26, no. 1 (2000), pp. 29-35
  • "His Scholarly Essence; or, A Philosophical Authority on Peirce in Search of a Wider Audience" [a review of Kenneth Laine Ketner, His Glassy Essence: An Autobiography of Charles Sanders Peirce, in the Massachusetts Historical Review (1999)
  • "Counter-Revisionism in the History of American Science and Religion," a review essay of When all the Gods Trembled: Darwinism, Scopes and American Intellectuals, by Paul K. Conkin (1998) and Science, Jews, and Secular Culture: Studies in Mid-Twentieth-Century American Intellectual History, by David A. Hollinger (1996), metaviews@META-LIST.ORG (January 10, 2000).
  • review of Linda Simon, Genuine Reality: A Life of William James in Isis: The Journal of the History of Science Society (1999)
  • "Boys to Men: Masculinity, Character, Power" [a review essay of Kim Townsend, Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others] in Intellectual History Newsletter (1999)
  • review of Ruth Anna Putnam, ed., The Cambridge Companion to William James in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter (1998)
  • review of Richard E. Wentz, John Williamson Nevin: American Theologian in Zeitschrift fur Neuere Theologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology (1998)
  • review of Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History in Journal of American History (1998)
  • review of Harold Bloom, The American Religion in Nova Religio (1997)
  • review of Eugene Taylor, William James on Consciousness in American Historical Review (1997)
  • review of Robert Wozniak and Eugene Taylor, eds., Pure Experience: The Response to William James in Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (1997)
  • "Neo-Classic Bricolage" [a review essay on Richard Wightman Fox and James T. Kloppenberg, eds., A Companion to American Thought], Intellectual History Newsletter (1996)
  • review of Laura Dassow Walls, Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science in Journal of the Early Republic (1996)
  • review of John P. Diggins, The Promise of Pragmatism: Modernism and the Crisis of Knowledge and Authority in American Studies International (1996)
  • review of Doris Olin, William James: Pragmatism in Focus in Chrysalis: Journal of the Swedenborg Foundation
  • review of Daniel Yankelovich and I. M. Destler, eds., Beyond the Beltway: Engaging the Public in U. S. Foreign Policy in Transaction: Social Science and Society (1996)
  • review of Daniel Bjork, William James: The Center of His Vision in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter (1995)
  • review of Robert Roth, British Empiricism and American Pragmatism: New Directions and Neglected Arguments in Journal of American History (1994)
  • review of Joseph Brent, Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life in American Studies (1994)
  • review of Reinterpreting the Legacy of William James, Margaret Donnelly, ed. in Contemporary Psychology (1994)
  • review of Peter Byrne, Natural Religion and the Nature of Religion: The Legacy of Deism in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1993)
  • review of George Cotkin, William James: Public Philosopher in American Literary Realism (1993)
  • review of Clive Bush, Half Way to Revolution: Innovation and Crisis in Henry Adams, William James, and Gertrude Stein in the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Newsletter (1992)
  • review of Robert Fuller, Americans and the Unconscious in the Newsletter for the History and Sociology of Marginality in Science (1991)
  • review of Eugene Fontinell, Self, God, and Immortality: A Jamesian Investigation in the International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (1990)
  • review of Walter Rauschenbusch: American Reformer in Religious Studies Review (1989)
  • seven essays in Religion and the Life of the Nation: American Resources (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989)
  • review of Gerald E. Myers, William James: His Life and Thought in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1987)
  • review of Richard Forrer, Theodicies in Conflict: A Dilemma Puritan Ethics and 19th Century American Literature in Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1987)

Scholarly Presentations

  • "The Will to Believe Before the Will to Believe," for the panel "Rethinking Our American Thinker: Three Phases of William James," Organization of American Historians meeting, April 2006 (pending)
  • "Religion, Values Voters, and the Work of American Studies," for the panel "Religion and the American Studies Classroom," international American Studies Association meeting, November 2005 (pending)
  • Invited panelist, "Roundtable Discussion on Religion and the American Studies Classroom," international American Studies Association meeting, November 2002
  • (with John Jett) "Thinking Like a Market: The Way We Think vs. the Way We Act," Florida Environmental Education Symposium, February 2002
  • "In Search of William James's Medical Thesis: Physiological Science and Water-Cure Therapies," national History of Science Society meeting, November 2001
  • "The Grip of Old Methods: The Public Travail of Science and Some Advice from Pragmatism," Interpreting Evolution: Scientific and Religious Perspectives conference, June 2001
  • "Roots of the Complementary Compromise: William James's Assessment of the Scientific Materialism in his Medical Education," Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science meeting, February 2001
  • "William James on the Healing Arts," national History of Science Society meeting, November 2000
  • "Spilled Religion: Swedenborgian Contributions to Modern Culture," First Annual Swedenborg Lecture, Urbana University, February 2000
  • "The Cultural Impact of Walt Disney," London Correctional Facility, February 2000
  • "Spirit in Nature: William James's Ecospirituality," European Association for American Studies meeting, April 2000
  • "Science, Religion, and Convictions: William James from Crisis to Construction," meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences, June 1999
  • "Belief Without Certainty: The Young William James in Search of a Cultural Philosophy," national Organization of American Historians meeting, April 1999
  • "Intellectual Inquiry and the Longing for Certainty: William James Before Celebrity," national American Historical Association meeting, January 1999
  • "Irresistible Metaphysical Affirmations: The Young William James Between Uncertainty and Conviction," invited paper, The Highlands Institute Third International Conference on Philosophical Theology, July 1998
  • "Probabilities and Pragmatism: The Uses of Science in the Development of Theory," invited seminar, Iowa State University, November 1997
  • "Spirit in the Skull: William James's 1878 Lectures on the Brain and the Mind," national Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meeting, November 1997 (declined)
  • "If It's Certain, It Can't Be True: On the Evolution of Science and Religion in Nineteenth-Century American Culture," invited lecture, Iowa State University, November 1997
  • "From Self to Soul in a Secular Age: Religion in the Psychologies of Josiah Royce, William James, and Mary Whiton Calkins," Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, June 1997
  • "The Making of a Pluralistic Religious Faith: William James's Assessment of His Father," national Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meeting, November 1996
  • "Between Swedenborgianism and Science: William James on Religion and Human Nature," national American Academy of Religion meeting, November 1996
  • "How to Make Our Ideas Scientific: Charles Sanders Peirce in Search of an Audience," poster presentation at the national Organization of American Historians, March 1995
  • "Before We Can All Get Along: The Case for Intellectual Non-Violence," Fourth Annual Multicultural Institute, Stetson University, January 1995
  • "Science and the Moral Religion of William James," Mallery Lecture, Rutgers University, October 1995
  • "William James and 'The More': Science Embraces the Ineffable," national History of Science Society meeting, October 1994
  • "Didactic Science and Public Persuasion: William James as Pop Psychologist," national History of Science Society meeting, December 1992
  • "From Virtue to Morality: Republicanism in the Texts and Contexts of William James," national Organization of American Historians meeting, April 1992
  • "Spirit in Nature: Lifting the Veil on Swedenborg's Influence," national American Academy of Religion meeting, November 1991
  • "Carl Barks and Uncle Walt: The Disney Studio and the Suppression of the Artist" (co-authored with Joseph Witek), national American Studies Association meeting, November 1990
  • "William James, Darwinism, and the Probabilistic Revolution," Cheiron, the International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences meeting, June 1990
  • "William James's Scientific Education: A Case Study in the History of the Probabilistic Revolution," national History of Science Society meeting, October 1990
  • "Chance Thinking: William James and the Probabilistic Revolution," Interface '89: Humanities and Technology meeting, October 1989
  • "Prelude to Pragmatism: William James's Psychology of the Active Mind," national Organization of American Historians meeting, April 1989
  • "Walt Disney in Person and Production," national Popular Culture Association meeting, April 1989
  • "Toward a Modernist View of Science: William James on the Role of Belief in Scientific Theory," Interface '88 meeting, October 1988
  • "The Will to Emote: The Role of Morality and Motivation in William James's Essay on the Emotions," Cheiron meeting, June 1988
  • "The Personal Religion of William James," California American Studies Association meeting, April 1988
  • "William James's Assessment of His Father: The Literary Remains of the Late Henry James," Florida College Teachers of History meeting, March 1988
  • "From Romantic to Almost Modern: Religion and Esthetics in the Art of Henry David Thoreau and George Inness," Intextuality: Literary and Cinematic Representation meeting, February 1988
  • "Philanthropy and Social Change," national Roothbert Foundation Fellowship Conference, 1986
  • "The Truth of Ethical Narrowness: The Nature and Merits of Absolutism and Relativism," New England Ethics Colloquium, 1982

Scholarly Articles

  • "Creationism/Creation Science" The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan, eds. (Continuum International Publishers, 2004)
  • "William James" The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan, eds. (Continuum International Publishers, 2004)
  • "Calming the Screaming Eagle: William James as Brother and Friend to Warriors in the Civil War," New England Quarterly (March 2003): 5-37
  • "Spirit in Nature: William James's Ecological Imagination," "Nature's Nation" Revisited: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis, Hans Bak and Walter W. Hölbling, eds. (Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2003): 114-25
  • "WWJD: Would William James Doubt?" Streams of William James vol. 3, no. 2 (Fall 2001): 15-16
  • "Intellectuals," Encyclopedia of American Studies, George Kurian, et al., eds. (Grollier, 2001) "Protestant Ethic," Encyclopedia of American Studies, George Kurian, et al., eds. (Grollier, solicited)
  • "Psysiology as the Antechamber to Metaphysics: The Young William James's Hope for a Philosophical Psychology," History of Psychology (expected: November 1999)
  • "William James's 'Is Life Worth Living?'" in The Religions of the United States in Practice, Colleen McDannell, ed. (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  • "Keepers of the Veil: Life Stories of Cassadaga's Senior Residents" in The Spiritualist Community of Cassadaga, Florida (University Press of Florida, 2000)
  • "William James," The Oxford Companion to United States History, Paul Boyer, ed. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • "Charles Sanders Peirce," Encyclopedia of Psychology, Alan E. Kazdin, ed. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • "Charles Sanders Peirce," American National Biography, John A. Garraty, ed. (Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • "Probabilistic Darwinism: Louis Agassiz vs. Asa Gray on Science, Religion, and Certainty" Journal of Religious History (February 1998)
  • "Between Spiritualism and Science: William James on Religion and Human Nature," Zeitschrift fur Neuere Theologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology (Winter 1998)
  • "William James," The History of Science in the United States: An Encyclopedia, Marc Rothenberg, ed. (Garland Publishers, forthcoming)
  • "Accommodation Vs. Struggle," The W.E.B. DuBois Encyclopedia, Mary Young, ed. (Greenwood Press, 1997)
  • "Science and the Moral Religion of William James," Catalog of the Honors Program, Rutgers University, Camden College of Arts and Sciences, volume 2, number 1 (September 1996)
  • "Intellectual Historians in the Academic Public Square," Intellectual History Newslettter (Summer 1996)
  • "From Virtue to Morality: Republicanism in the Texts and Contexts of William James," Journal of American Studies of Turkey (Fall 1995)
  • "The Scientific Education of William James," History of the Human Sciences vol. 8 no. 1 (February 1995), pp. 9-27
  • "Polarizing America: The Erosion of Mass Culture," Transaction: Social Science and Society vol. 30, no. 5 (July/August 1993), pp. 11-16 [published as the center of debate for a special issue on "Polarizing American Culture," with six essays responding to mine; my response to these essays, on "American Culture," is a letter to the editor in vol. 31, no. 2 (January/February 1994), pp. 4-6; reprinted in An American Mosaic: Rethinking American Culture Studies, edited by Marshall Fishwick (New York: American Heritage, 1996)]
  • "From History of Science to Intellectual History: The Probabilistic Revolution and the Chance-Filled Universe of William James" Intellectual History Newsletter vol. 13 (1991), pp. 19-32
  • "A Clean and Separate Space: Walt Disney in Person and Production" Journal of Popular Culture vol. 25, no. 3, (Winter 1991), pp. 91-105
  • "A Scientific Spiritualism: The Elder Henry James's Adaptation of Emanuel Swedenborg's Thought," in Swedenborg and His Influence (Bryn Athyn, PA: Academy of the New Church, 1989), pp. 251-262
  • "A Scientific Spiritualism: The Elder Henry James's Adaptation of Emanuel Swedenborg's Thought," in Swedenborg and His Influence (Bryn Athyn, PA: Academy of the New Church, 1989), pp. 251-262
  • "Money and Morality: The Life and Legacy of the First William James," New York History vol. 68, no. 2 (April 1987), pp. 174-190

Whole Books

  • Science and Religion in the Era of William James, Volume 1: Eclipse of Certainty, 1820-1880, University of North Carolina Press, June 1995 (simultaneous hardcover and paperback issue); for a description of the book go to: http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-1044.html
  • Science and Religion in the Era of William James, Volume 2: Conciliating Truth and Change, 1860-1884, University of North Carolina Press, under contract