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Massimo Pigliucci is Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, formerly co-host of the Rationally Speaking Podcast, and formerly the editor in chief for the online magazine Scientia Salon.
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Nemesis
Philip Roth - 2011-10-04 (first published in 2010)
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Set in a Newark neighborhood during a terrifying polio outbreak, Nemesis is a wrenching examination of the forces of circumstance on our lives. Bucky Cantor is a vigorous, dutiful twenty-three-year-old playground director during the summer of 1944. A javelin thrower and weightlifter, he is disappointed with himself because his weak eyes have exclud...
Massimo Pigliucci
2021-03-25T03:08:44.000Z
Lots of food for thought in this book.      source
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Augustus
John Williams - 2014-08-19 (first published in 1972)
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In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took  on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher’s C...
Massimo Pigliucci
2020-08-21T20:06:11.000Z
@chucksmithRTW I highly recommend it. I'm running a live book club event on it on 9/13:      source
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Meditations
Marcus Aurelius - 2020-04-07 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Massimo Pigliucci
2017-12-09T17:56:51.000Z
My complete commentary on Larry Becker’s A New Stoicism, arguably the most important book on Stoicism since the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius...      source
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A New Stoicism
Revised Edition
Lawrence C. Becker - 2017-08-29 (first published in 1997)
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What would stoic ethics be like today if stoicism had survived as a systematic approach to ethical theory, if it had coped successfully with the challenges of modern philosophy and experimental science? A New Stoicism proposes an answer to that question, offered from within the stoic tradition but without the metaphysical and psychological assumpti...
Massimo Pigliucci
2017-12-09T17:56:51.000Z
My complete commentary on Larry Becker’s A New Stoicism, arguably the most important book on Stoicism since the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius...      source
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On Bullshit
Harry G. Frankfurt - 2005-01-30 (first published in 1986)
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One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern....
Massimo Pigliucci
2016-12-03T15:20:24.000Z
Since Trump is not a liar, but a bullshitter, this is the book for the next few years:      source