About Me

Marvin B. Daniel Peláez

Welcome to my personal website, The Boethian Renewal.

One of my favorite figures in Western History is Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (born: circa 475–7 C.E., died: 526? C.E.). Boethius was a Roman philosopher and statesman and has long been recognized as one of the most important intermediaries between ancient philosophy and the Latin Middle Ages. His well-known work, On the Consolation of Philosophy, 524 C.E., is a classic work in Western civilization.

Boethius was a public administrator in his time, which is one reason I admire him and his many contributions to Western civilization. Although this is my personal website, I named it The Boethian Renewal in his honor. For more on Boethius, please access the hyper-linked web page. 

I am a career government economist and researcher in classical and scholastic philosophy, particularly on the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas. I am not an academic, but I do academic work in philosophy to help guide my professional work. Although many of my government colleagues find this synthesis confusing, I have found this useful and satisfying. 

How does one apply philosophical principles to government work (i.e., practice)? Especially in the empirical data collection of economic data I have done for over two decades and now oversee as a Supervisory Economist? Science and philosophy appear not to interact well and seem to be contrary domains of enquiry.

Likewise, my academic colleagues the focus of my research on applying “common sense” philosophical principles underlying science, philosophical psychology, and anthropology to economics, leadership, and management valuable. I know this is quite a mouthful, but perhaps it is best to say I enjoy applying theory to practice and extracting principles from practice to better understand theory. The relationship between theory and practice is not taught in the university or college courses anymore. The focus of universities and colleges has become vocational for decades, leaving students to understand the theory-practice relationship on their own. I base this claim from my over thirty years’ experience of having mentored, trained, and guided many new economists in their work and helped them understand this relationship.

Since we discover principles through practice, and good practice follows principles, my personal research is an important part of my ongoing professional development in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.