Author: Steven C. Hertler

Steven C. Hertler is a licensed examining psychologist with a research program centering on personality, which uses behavioral genetics, evolutionary biology, and behavioral ecology to alternatively explain classic character types. His writings, such as Life History Evolution: A Biological Meta-Theory for the Social Sciences, center on comparative psychology, cross-cultural psychology, biome distribution, and climate as it affects evolved behavior and human nature. Additional publications deal with what might be called "biohistory," in that early and late modern group competition, war, and demography are studied from a biocultural perspective.

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A Second Bonaparte: Searching for the Character of Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson, that American Sphinx,[1] is perhaps Alexander Hamilton’s only rival within the high pantheon of the founding generation for enigma. Hamilton’s character recalls Giambologna’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, a spiraling marble Renaissance masterpiece resident in Florence’s Piazza Signoria, featuring three intertwined figures that can only be captured conclusively from a host of vantage […]

by Steven C. Hertler
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Morris’s Misidentification: Miscasting Thomas Jefferson as an Obsessive Compulsive Personality

The characters and contributions of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are collectively sketched by historian Richard B. Morris in, Seven Who Shaped Our Destiny: The Founding Fathers as Revolutionaries. Amid descriptions of Hamilton’s grandiose ambitions, Washington’s sullen stiffness, Adams’s humble origins, and Franklin’s protean diplomacy, […]

by Steven C. Hertler