Steven L. Ossad

Award-winning Historian and Biographer, One-time Wall Street Technology Analyst, and Company Board Adviser on Leadership

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Selected Works

The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history - and the arche-type for maneuver warfare - pitted the war-hardened Hittites against a young, untested Pharaoh. The struggle that followed shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded by Rameses as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.

METROPHILOSOPHY: Doing Philosophy in New York City

St. Louis, MO, May 2017

New Postings

Sartre. Spain, 2013

Jean Paul Sartre, Monaco, 2004

Images of Philosophy in the History of Art

Aristotle, Roman copy after Greek Bronze by Lysippos @330 BC, Painted marble, Museo Nazionale, Rome

St. Augustine, Greek artist, 12th Century, Mosaic, Capella Palatina, Palermo

Aristotle Ridden by Phyllis, late 14th century, Bronze, Metropolitan Museum, New York

Boethius Instructing His Students and Boethius in Prison, 1385, Illuminated manuscript miniatures, Glasgow University, Glascow

St. Thomas Aquinas, Fra Angelico, 1447-51, Fresco, Granger Collection, New York

Crying Heraclitus and Laughing Democritus, Bramante, 1477, Fresco to canvas, Brera, Milan

The Three Philosophers, Giorgione, 1508-09 Oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The School of Athens, Raphael, 1510-11, Fresco, Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican Palace, Rome

Sir Thomas More, Holbein, 1527, Oil on canvas, Frick Collection, New York

The Four Philosophers, Rubens, 1611-2, Oil on canvas, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Rembrandt as the Laughing Democritus, Rembrandt, 1629, Oil on copper, Private collection

Democritus, Velasquez, 1629, Oil on Canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen

Portrait of Descartes, After Hals, 1649, Oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, Rembrandt, 1653, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum, New York

John Locke, Kneller, 1697, Oil on canvas, Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, de La Tour, 1753, Pastel, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland

Denis Diderot, Fragonard, 1769, Oil on canvas, Louvre, Paris

Voltaire, Houdon, 1778, White marble, National Gallery, Washington DC

The Death of Socrates, David, 1787, Oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum, New York

Socrates Defending Alcibiades at Potidea, Canova, 1797, Marble, Gipsoteca Canoviana, Possagno

The Last Words of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Delacroix, 1844, Oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyons

The Philosopher, Manet, 1865, Oil on canvas, Art Institute, Chicago

Plato's Symposium, Feuerbach, 1869, Oil on canvas, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe,

Democritus, Delhomme, Stone, 1868, Museum garden, Lyons

School of Aristotle. Fresco by Gustav Adolph Spangenberg, 1883-88

Socrates, Brancusi, 1922, Oak, MOMA, New York

Sartre, Cartier-Bresson, 1946, Photograph, Magnum, New York

Bertrand Russell, Rockwell, 1967, Illustration, Ramparts Magazine

Richard Rorty, Steven Pyke, 2003, Photograph

Sketches of Philosophers

Socrates (470-399 BC), Greek

Xenophon (430-350 BC), Greek

John Locke (1632-1704), English

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German

Sören Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Dane

Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914), American

John Dewey (1859-1952), American

Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), German

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), Austrian-English

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), German

Leo Strauss (1899-1973), German-American

Interesting Obituaries of Philosophers

John Dewey, Steven L. Ossad, 2007, Graphite on paper


"Pythagoras", Roman, 2nd Century AD, Marble, Capitoline, Rome


Wisdom, USA (2003)

Contemplating Justice, USA (1977)

Arendt, Germany

Arendt, Germany (2006)

Aristotle, Greece

Aristotle, Uruguay

Aristotle, Mali

Aurelius, Switzerland (1972)

Avicenna, Syria

Bacon, Canada

Bacon, Romania, 1961

Bergson, France (1959)

Berkeley, Ireland (1985)

Descartes, France (1937)

Descartes, France (1966)

Descartes, Monaco, 1996

Dewey, USA

Erasmus, Holland (1959)

Hegel, Germany

Heidegger, Congo

Jonas, Germany (2003)

Kant, Third Reich

Kant, Germany

Kierkegaard, Denmark (1955)

Leibnitz, Albania

Leibniz, Third Reich

Machiavelli, Italy (1969)

Maimonides, Spain (1967)

Nietzsche, Germany

Pascal, Vichy France (1944)

Plato, Greece

Plato, Spain

Pythagoras, Greece (1955)

Rand, USA

Russell, India

Sartre, France (1988)

Sartre, Spain, 2013

Schopenhauer, Germany

Spinoza, Israel

Spinoza, Netherlands, 1997

Thales, Greece (1994)

Wittgenstein, Austria

Socrates, Roman copy of 4th Century BC Greek original, Marble, British Museum, London



Plato, Roman copy of 4th Century BC Greek original, Marble, Vatican Museum, Rome


Victor Gourevitch, Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), Wesleyan University

Victor and Strauss

Leo Strauss, ed. V. Gourevitch,On Tyranny, 2000)

Victor on Rousseau


Aristotle, Roman copy after 4th century BC Greek original, Marble, Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna

Epikouros, Roman, 2nd Century AD, Marble, Metropolitan Museum, New York


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Seneca, Roman copy of 1st Century AD original, Marble, Staatliche Museum, Berlin

Research and General Links

Marcus Aurelius, Roman, @160-180 AD, Marble, Walters Museum, Baltimore

On-Line Texts & Articles

Plotinus, Roman, mid/late 3rd century AD, Marble, Museo Ostiense, Rome