Richard Patterson was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy at Yale and did a year of post-graduate work in literature at Cambridge before embarking on a career in film. His book on Sowell grew indirectly out of work he did for a masters degree in humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills.
An exploration of the origins and implications of philosophical hermeneutics in the thought of Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Wilhelm Dilthey, Edmund Husserl, Paul Ricoeur and Owen Barfield, with complementary essays on Norman O. Brown and Richard Rorty.
An allegorical piece of fluff combining a yearning for transcendence with screwball comedy. After inheriting his grandfather's plantation and all the kooky relatives that come with it, a would-be poet falls in love with a girl no one else can see. Readers in search of realism and fully developed characters are advised to look elsewhere.
An examination of the underlying assumptions in Sowell's libertarian analysis of society with a view to pinpointing exactly where liberals are most likely to part company with him. Starting with Sowell’s view of the role of intellectuals in our society, Patterson digs down into the conceptions of knowledge and reason underlying Sowell’s ideas about social processes, justice, and morality.