John H. Schaar is an American writer and scholar; He is Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Before teaching at UC Santa Cruz, he taught at UC Berkeley. He also teaches at Deep Springs College as a part of their visiting faculty. He is married to Hannah Pitkin.
Schaar has said that practically the whole history of America can be found in Faulkner's "The Bear".
He was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. He is still alive and teaching.
- The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created— created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
- My political ideal is Montoursville, with more sex. [He is referring to his hometown in Pennsylvania.]
- We [the U.S.] are a nation rich in values.
- A fundamentalist is someone who hates sin more than he loves virtue.
- That question is a shit sandwich.
Law flourishes on the corpse of philosophy...just as maggots breed on the body of a dead horse