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What do philosophers have to say about trust? Find out in this short article by Tom Bailey, from the BBC web site.

Adobe Acrobat file 77K Massimo Nov 16, 2007


The full text of Plato's Symposium, where Socrates and friends convey for an evening of dining, drinking and philosophy. It's what we are trying to do with this group!

Adobe Acrobat file 103K Massimo Feb 3, 2007

08-11 experimental philosophy

A brief article on experimental philosophy by one of the leading scholars in the field.

Adobe Acrobat file 108K Massimo Oct 26, 2008

Abandon nearly all hope

Hope is a positive thing, right? Not so, say a number of philosophers that we ought to take seriously.

Adobe Acrobat file 114K Massimo Apr 21, 2014

Plato's Euthyphro

The dialogue where the perennial question of whether one needs gods to be moral is discussed. You will be surprised at Socrates' answer. A stunning classic not just of philosophy, but of Western literature.

Adobe Acrobat file 118K Massimo May 17, 2007

Massimo on hypotheses

Massimo on the role of hypotheses and data in science.

Adobe Acrobat file 126K Massimo Aug 10, 2009

Boghossian on the concept of genocide

NYU philosopher Peter Boghossian on the concept of genocide.

Adobe Acrobat file 150K Massimo Sep 16, 2014


A classic essay by Robert Ingersoll in defense of heresy and against orthodoxy.

Adobe Acrobat file 165K Massimo Jun 9, 2008

Introduction to Stoicism

A brief introduction to basic Stoic thought and practice.

Adobe Acrobat file 167K Massimo Oct 14, 2014


the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on wisdom

Adobe Acrobat file 168K Massimo Jul 22, 2015

Science as guide to Metaphysics

A somewhat (but not too much) technical article by philosopher Katherine Hawley of University of St Andrews.

Adobe Acrobat file 172K Massimo Dec 20, 2014


The wikipedia entry on "heresy."

Adobe Acrobat file 175K Massimo Jun 9, 2008

eastern philosophies

What are eastern philosophies? Are they really philosophies?What's the connection, if any, between East and West when it comes to philosophy?

Adobe Acrobat file 189K Massimo Dec 5, 2007

on free will

A short essay by yours truly, reporting on the science and philosophy of that all-elusive thing, free will.

Adobe Acrobat file 197K Massimo May 10, 2007

moral machines

An article by Wendell Wallach in Philosophy Now discussing whether machines can be moral, and in the process exploring what we mean by morality.

Adobe Acrobat file 201K Massimo Apr 13, 2009

welcome to class

A letter by lecturer Wayne Buck to his class, on how to read, write and think about philosophy.

Adobe Acrobat file 204K Massimo Mar 7, 2009

Massimo on Darwin

An article in Philosophy Now by yours truly on the status of evolutionary theory, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species

Adobe Acrobat file 211K Massimo Feb 5, 2009


Medieval philosopher William of Ockham (the same one as the famous "razor") on heresy and heretics.

Adobe Acrobat file 216K Massimo Jun 9, 2008


Adobe Acrobat file 240K Massimo Mar 15, 2011

Moral objectivism

Adobe Acrobat file 244K Massimo Mar 15, 2011


The life and thought of a much-maligned philosopher: Epicurus.

Adobe Acrobat file 246K Massimo Jun 15, 2009

David Hume

Adobe Acrobat file 247K Massimo Mar 15, 2011


Qualia is the philosophical term for subjective sensorial experience, "the feeling of what happens," as neurobiologist Antonio Damasio put it. Here is a brief introduction to the whole idea and its implications.

Adobe Acrobat file 287K Massimo Mar 10, 2015

Why not Stoicism

Indeed, why not?

Adobe Acrobat file 353K Massimo Oct 14, 2014


The Catholic Encyclopedia entry on "heresy." A must read!

Adobe Acrobat file 385K Massimo Jun 9, 2008

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