This episode features a conversation with Massimo Pigliucci and may very well be my favorite podcast to date. Besides Massimo being a prominent philosopher and writer on many of the big questions, his writing and speaking on Stoicism has had a profound influence on me personally. With that, he was also gracious enough to moderate a discussion between myself and my co-author Adam Lee. Outside all his accomplishments as a scientist, philosopher, author, educator, and communicator, he’s incredibly down to earth.
Massimo holds a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism. He has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. He blogs on practical philosophy at Patreon and Medium. Massimo has published over 165 technical papers in science and philosophy and is author or editor of 13 books including the best selling How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.
In this podcast, Massimo and I discuss his background and academic interests, and spent most of our time discussing Stoicism, but we definitely wandered into some of my favorite big questions, and how Stoicism may offer a fresh vantage point.
So please, enjoy the conversation between yours truly and Massimo Pigliucci…