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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at platofootnote.org and howtobeastoic.org. He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

  • Plato’s suggestions

    Our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Apparently I am rather rare among my friends to be deeply disturbed by what this article in The Atlantic labels “the new intolerance of student activism.” I guess I’m either… Read More ›

  • My ask-a-philosopher contributions

    I thought it may be good to collect all my answers for the very useful “Ask a Philosopher” web site, coordinated by Geoffrey Klempner (if you are a professional philosopher and wish to lend a bit of your time to… Read More ›

  • Plato’s suggestions

    Our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Julian Baggini discusses the issue of philanthropy and asks whether there is an ethical problem when it verges on sheer self-promotion. Interesting analysis of the Byzantine way in which the GOP… Read More ›

  • The Euthyphro dilemma

    I recently tackled again the always fascinating Euthyphro dilemma, first proposed by Plato in the short dialogue by the same name. I have written about it in depth in my Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us… Read More ›

  • Plato’s suggestions

    Our regular Friday diet of suggested readings for the weekend: Philosopher Timothy Williamson over at TMP Online writes a long essay on the nature of philosophical dialogues. Worth the reading, particularly his suggestion that dialogues may have more than just… Read More ›

  • Whatever happened to wisdom?

    The question of wisdom, and especially of why it is barely talked about at all in the halls of philosophy departments is one that I tackled in a recent essay for The Philosophers’ Magazine Online. I started with a passage… Read More ›

  • (non meta-) Ethics

    Dan Kaufman (see his webzine, the Electric Agora) and I had another of our conversations over at MeaningofLife.tv, this time on ethics, from a non-meta perspective. That is, we didn’t talk about realism or antirealism about ethical truths, or other such matters, but… Read More ›