Jonathan Gottschall’s The Rape of Troy

I had the good fortune to meet Jonathan Gottschall at a recent conference. This guy is young, brilliant and so self-effacing – but I’m hardly the only one to recognize this – see the write-up in The New York Times.

His talent for deploying an another discipline in the service of another reminds me a bit of that great Marxist scholar GEM de St. Croix who put Jerry Cohen’s immensely difficult Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence to work in the service of his analysis. Gottschall is not using a Marxist lens but an evolutionary psychology lens – and he does so with such aplomb. I’m in awe of this chap’s talent.