Suggested readings, #40

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Nobel winner retracts paper from Science. [This is not good, and not an isolated case either.] (Retraction Watch)

Getting to the Good Place. [About the philosophy-informed television show.] (Killing the Buddha)

Why historical analogy matters. (New York Review of Books)

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms. [And it applies to science funding strategies as well.] (MIT Technology Review)

On Stoic transcendence. Stoic transcendence is an active exercise that takes us to a new level of understanding about the world. (The Side View)

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

2 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #40”

  1. The NY Review of Books piece is great. Especially re the Holocaust and incommensurability, of course, with Rep. Omar’s and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s comments (which I found non-problematic, as do many non-Zionist Jews, such as the proprietor of Mondoweiss), this is a serious issue.

    (And, to be blunt, for Zionist Jews, I point out Yahweh himself ordering Saul to commit a holocaust, an extermination, of the Amalekites, all the way down to their livestock as well as the people.)

    Ultimately, it IS political to claim incommensurability in most cases, including this. Per the piece, there are degrees of commensurability, as I see it. That gets back to the “presentism” and related issues it mentions.

    For instance, on an issue tied to economics, I would be leery of drawing too tight an analogy to anything pre-Industrial Revolution and certainly to anything pre-Renaissance.


    Per the conclusion and the alleged current leader of the free world, I’m still not ready to call him a fascist. And, contra the piece, Donald Trump does have a clear ideology.

    It’s “Donald Trump.”

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