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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

philosophy of science 2006

An article in Philosophy Now by Yours Truly, covering the 2006 meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association in Vancouver.

Adobe Acrobat file 607K Massimo Feb 10, 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

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

on god

The classical arguments pro and against the existence of the Big One.

Adobe Acrobat file 392K Massimo Aug 16, 2007


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

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


The wikipedia entry on "heresy."

Adobe Acrobat file 175K Massimo Jun 9, 2008


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

Adobe Acrobat file 385K Massimo Jun 9, 2008


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

Adobe Acrobat file 216K Massimo Jun 9, 2008


A classic essay by G.K. Chesterton in defense of orthodoxy and against heretics.

Adobe Acrobat file 402K Massimo Jun 9, 2008


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

Adobe Acrobat file 165K Massimo Jun 9, 2008

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

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

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

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


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

Adobe Acrobat file 246K Massimo Jun 15, 2009

Massimo on hypotheses

Massimo on the role of hypotheses and data in science.

Adobe Acrobat file 126K Massimo Aug 10, 2009


Socrates, a brief overview of the most famous philosopher of all time.

Adobe Acrobat file 408K Massimo Aug 30, 2009

Moral objectivism

Adobe Acrobat file 244K Massimo Mar 15, 2011

David Hume

Adobe Acrobat file 247K Massimo Mar 15, 2011


Adobe Acrobat file 240K Massimo Mar 15, 2011

Democracy and Truth

The complex relationship between democracy and truth.

Adobe Acrobat file 918K Massimo Jan 2, 2013


A longer article on the use and misuses of the term "consilience."

Adobe Acrobat file 1.2M Massimo May 23, 2013

David Hume then and now

David Hume, the basics.

Adobe Acrobat file 572K Massimo Apr 21, 2014

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