Suggested readings, #94

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

Dostoevsky warned of the strain of nihilism that infects Donald Trump and his movement. (The Conversation)

Caligula’s garden of delights, unearthed and restored. Relics from the favorite hideaway of ancient Rome’s most infamous tyrant have been recovered and put on display by archaeologists. (New York Times)

Why we need climate stoicism to overcome climate despair. (

The paradox of inclusive language. When using inclusive words is a marker of wokeness, does it becomes a means of excluding the un-woke? (Medium)

Playing to lose: transhumanism, autonomy, and liberal democracy. (OUP Blog) Not only is transhumanism incoherent, it is dangerous.

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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, #94”

  1. Saw the Caligula story. Though he likely was worse than Nero, like him, he may have gotten a bad rap from Suetonius to some degree.

    The transhumanism piece is overall good, but to me comes close to strawmanning utilitarianism in spots. The problem isn’t utilitarianism per se, but specific utilitarian parameters as set within transhumanism. Speaking of? I’ve blogged about Savulescu before. “Not impressed” to put it mildly.

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  2. Thanks Massimo, I really enjoy your reading suggestions. The climate stoicism is kind of the obvious approach for those of us commited to Stoicism in general, but it’s still great to read that we’re not doomed from someone with knowledge of the data.

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