Suggested readings, #63

Here it is, your weekly rundown of interesting articles I’ve come across recently, to consider for your weekend readings:

In praise of aphorisms. What if we see the history of philosophy not as a grand system of sustained critique but as a series of brilliant fragments? [This article, I think, gets it seriously wrong. Still, a stimulating reading.] (Aeon)

The Ancient Greek’s guide to rejecting propaganda and disinformation. How Plato and the Sophists Can Help Us Find Shared Truth and Solve Our Political Problems. (Zocalo)

Gods and robots. Time-traveling back to antiquity might help us think about the human transformations of the future. (Noema)

What is emergence, and why should we care about it? [I’m going through one of my phases of skepticism about strong emergence. Still, interesting article.] (Axis Praxis)

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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.

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  1. “Nobody reads the same philosophical system twice.” — The Socratic Gadfly, coming after Heraclitus, Plato and Whitehead.
    “Nobody gets more than halfway through the same philosophical system once.” — The Socratic Gadfly, coming after Zeno of Elea.
    “An aphorist is a deep thinker who knows the value of brevity and the price of wit.” — The SocraticGadfly, coming after Oscar Wilde.

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