Suggested readings, #64

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

Ancient Greeks devised a way to fight disinformation. Sophists used rhetoric and debate to arrive at practical truths. [A fairly badly argued article in defense of sophistry, co-signed by a lawyer. Good example to keep in mind… Oh, and using a cover image of Socrates, the ultimate anti-Sophist! “Big Think” keep disappointing.] (Big Think)

How to live as the Ancients did. From drinking to ruling to growing old, a series of books offers classic advice. [On an ongoing series at Princeton Press, distilling the best writings of the Greco-Romans.] (Princeton Alumni Weekly)

Public philosophy and the civic duty of universities. (Daily Nous)

This ancient Japanese principle will help you overcome fear of failure. How to become an “imperfectionist”. (Medium)

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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.

4 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #64”

  1. Well, Xenophon gave a kind of “middle ground” picture. Didn’t call Socrates a Sophist, but didn’t totally agree with Plato, either. (Maybe 2/3 ground, not “middle ground.” More toward Plato, but nuances.)


    1. The Socrates that comes through Xenophon seems much more genuine than Plato’s. But it has nothing in common with the image of a Sophist. Indeed, he seems to argue better than in the Platonic version!


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