Philosophy Papers

(Below is the list of my technical papers in philosophy. Individual reprints can be requested via email by writing to mpigliucci at ccny dot cuny dot edu. Entries with links can be downloaded for personal use – hint: those are the ones I find most interesting… See separate tab for my biology papers.)

86. Pigliucci, M. 2021. Presenting philosophy — what science taught me about it. Human Affairs 31:439–447.

85. Pigliucci, M. 2021. The tension between scientific knowledge and common sense philosophy. In: The Cambridge Companion to Common-Sense Philosophy. Cambridge University press.

84. Cleary, S. and Pigliucci, M. 2021. How to live a good life — Two examples. APPA Journal 16(2):2689-2699.

83. Pigliucci, 2021. Is indigenous science pseudoscience? A further response to Gorelick. In: Indigenizing the University, ed. by F. Widdowson, Frontier Center for Public Policy, pp. 223-229.

82. Pigliucci, M. 2021. Is indigenous science pseudoscience? A response to Gorelick. In: Indigenizing the University, ed. by F. Widdowson, Frontier Center for Public Policy, pp. 199-214.

81. Pigliucci, M. 2020. Stoic therapy for today’s troubles. In: The Routledge Handbook of Hellenistic Philosophy, ed. by K. Arenson, Routledge, chapter 31.

80. Pigliucci, M. 2020. Science Wars, Scientism, and Think Tanks: A Précis of Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk. Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

79. Pigliucci, M. 2020. Why Alex Rosenberg – and a Number of Other Philosophers – Are Wrong Just about Everything: A Commentary on Scientistic Reductionism. Journal of Cognitive Historiography.

78. Rosenberg Larsen, R., Cruz, H.D., Kaplan, J., Fuentes, A., Marks, J., Pigliucci, M., Alfano, M., Livingston Smith, D., and Schroeder, L. 2020. More than provocative, less than scientific: A commentary on the editorial decision to publish Cofnas. Philosophical Psychology, online access.

77. Pigliucci, M. 2020. Star Trek as philosophy: Spock as Stoic sage. In: Johnson D. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan.

76. Pigliucci, M. 2020. How to behave virtuously in an irrational world. Disputatio, Philosophical Research Bulletin 9, no. 13.

75. Pigliucci, M. 2019. Causality and the role of philosophy of science. In: Evolutionary Causation: Biological and Philosophical Reflections, ed. by T. Uller and K. Laland. MIT Press, pp. 13-28.

74. Pigliucci, M. 2019. Philosophy of science and the string wars: a view from the outside. In: Why Trust a Theory? Epistemology of Fundamental Physics, ed. by R. Dardashti, R. David, and K. Thebault. Cambridge University Press, pp. 84-96.

73. Pigliucci, M. 2019. What is and is not in our power. Reason Papers 40(2):19-33.

72. Pigliucci, M. 2018. Stoicism, friendship, and grief. Reason Papers 40(1):37-43.

71. Pigliucci, M. 2018. Toward the Fifth Stoa: the return of virtue ethics. Reason Papers 40(1):14-30.

70. Pigliucci. M. 2018. Is there a will to meaning? Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, online 5 June, doi: 10.1111/nyas.13877.

69. Pigliucci, M. 2018. Divination in the Ancient World, from Plato to the Neo-Platonists by way of Aristotle and the Stoics. Journal of Cognitive Historiography 3:190-197 (journal volume marked as 2016, published 2018)

68. Pigliucci, M. 2018. Scientism and pseudoscience: in defense of demaration projects. In: M. Boudry & M. Pigliucci, Science Unlimited? The Challenges of Scientism. University of Chicago Press, pp. 185-201.

67. Boudry, M. and Pigliucci, M. 2018. Vindicating science–by bringing it down. In: Perspectives in Science and Culture, ed. by K. Rutten, S. Blancke, and R. Soetaert. Purdue University Press.

66. Pigliucci, M. 2017. Philosophy as the evolution of conceptual landscapes. In: Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress, ed. by R. Blackford and D. Broderick, John Wiley & Sons.

65. Pigliucci, M. 2017. Darwinism after the Modern Synthesis. In: The Darwinian Tradition in Context, ed. by R.G. Delisle, Springer, pp. 89-103.

64. Pigliucci, M. 2017. Feyerabend and the cranks: a response to Shaw. Social Epistemology Review & Reply Collective 6(7):1-6.

63. Blancke, S., Boudry, M. and Pigliucci, M. 2017. Why do irrational beliefs mimic science? The cultural evolution of pseudoscience. Theoria 83:78-97.

62. Pigliucci, M. 2016. Socrates: ancient humanist. The Human Prospect 5(3), 10pp.

61. Pigliucci, M. 2016. Stoicism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (peer reviewed). October 2016.

60. Pigliucci, M. 2016. How should Feyerabend have defended astrology? A further reply to Kidd. Social Epistemology 5(8):10-16.

59. Pigliucci, M. 2016. Was Feyerabend Right in Defending Astrology? A Commentary on Kidd. Social Epistemology 5(5): 1-6.

58. Pigliucci, M. 2016. The limits of consilience and the problem of scientism. In: Darwin’s Bridge. Uniting the Humanities & Science. Ed. by J. Carroll, D.P. McAdams, and E.O. Wilson. Oxford University Press, pp. 247-264.

57. Pigliucci, M. 2015. Dying (every day) with dignity: lessons from Stoicism. The Human Prospect 15(1):11-26.

56. Pigliucci, M. 2015. Scientism and pseudoscience: a philosophical commentary. Bioethical Inquiry, online 28 November, DOI 10.1007/s11673-015-9665-1.

55. Boudry, M., Paglieri, F., and Pigliucci, M. 2015. The fake, the flimsy, and the fallacious: demarcating arguments in real life. Argumentation 29:431–456. 

54. Kaplan, J., Pigliucci, M. and Banta, J. 2015. Gould on Morton, Redux: What can the debate reveal about the limits of data? Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 52:22-31. 

53. Boudry, M., Blancke, S. and Pigliucci, M. 2014. What makes weird beliefs thrive? The epidemiology of pseudoscience. Philosophical Psychology, 28(8):1-22.

52. Pigliucci, M. 2014. Mind uploading: a philosophical counter-analysis. In: R. Blackford and D. Broderick (eds.) Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Wiley. 

51. Pigliucci, M. 2014. 5 Questions on Science & Religion, G.D. Caruso (ed.), Automatic Press, pp. 163-170.

50. Pigliucci, M. and Finkelman, L. 2014. The extended (evolutionary) synthesis debate: where science meets philosophy. BioScience 64:511-516. 

49. Scholl, R. and Pigliucci, M. 2014. The proximate–ultimate distinction and evolutionary developmental biology: causal irrelevance versus explanatory abstraction. Biology and Philosophy 30(5):653-670.

48. Pigliucci, M. and Finkelman, L. 2014. The value of public philosophy to philosophers. Essays in Philosophy 15, article 7. 

47. Pigliucci, M. 2014. Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112:261-167.

46. Pigliucci, M. 2014. A Muddled Defense of New Atheism: On Stenger’s response. Science, Religion & Culture 1:10-14.

45. Pigliucci, M. 2013. New Atheism and the scientistic turn in the atheism movement. Midwest Studies In Philosophy 37:142-153.

44. Pigliucci, M. 2013. The demarcation problem: a (belated) response to Laudan. In: Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry (eds.), Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press, pp. 9-28. 

43. Pigliucci, M. and Boudry, M. 2013. Why the demarcation problem matters. In: Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry (eds.), Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem. University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-6. 

42. Pigliucci, M. 2013. When science studies religion: six philosophy lesson for science classes. Science & Education 22:49-67.

41. Pigliucci, M. 2013. What are we to make of the concept of race? Thoughts of a philosopher–scientist. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44:272-277. 

40. Pigliucci, M. 2013. The Nature of Evolutionary Biology: At the Borderlands Between Historical and Experimental Science. In: The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, ed. by K. Kampourakis, Springer, pp. 87-100. 

39. Boudry, M. and Pigliucci, M. 2013. The mismeasure of machine: Synthetic biology and the trouble with engineering metaphors. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44(4):660–668.

38. Pigliucci, M. and Boudry, M. 2013. Prove it! The burden of proof game in science vs. pseudoscience disputes. Philosophia 42(2):487-502.

37. Barbujani, G. and Pigliucci, M. 2013. Human races. Current Biology 23:185-187.

36. Pigliucci, M., Sterelny, K., and Callebaut, W. 2013. The Meaning of ‘‘Theory’’ in Biology. Biological Theory 7:285–286.

35. Pigliucci, M. 2013. On the different ways of “doing theory” in biology. Biological Theory 7:287-297.

34. Pigliucci, M. 2012. Nonsense on Stilts About Science: Field Adventures of a Scientist-Philosopher. In: J. Goodwin (ed.), Between Scientists & Citizens: Proceedings of a conference at Iowa State University, pp. 19-28. Great Plains Society for the Study of Argumentation. 

33. Pigliucci, M. 2012. Landscapes, surfaces, and morphospaces: what are they good for? Pp. 26-38 in: The Adaptive Landscape in Evolutionary Biology, E. Svensson and R. Calsbeek (eds.). Oxford University Press. 

32. Pigliucci, M. 2012. Biology’s last paradigm shift. The transition from natural theology to Darwinism. Paradigmi 3:45-58.

31. Pigliucci, M. 2012. Biology and Ideology: From Descartes to Dawkins. Science & Education 15:1. 

30. Pigliucci, M. and Boudry, M. 2011. Why machine-information metaphors are bad for science and science education. Science & Education 20:453-471. 

29. Muller, G. and Pigliucci M. 2011. Extended Synthesis: Theory expansion or alternative? Biological Theory 5:275-276. 

28. Pigliucci, M. 2010. Okasha’s evolution and the levels of selection: toward a broader conception of theoretical biology-Biology and Philosophy. Biology and Philosophy 25:405-415. 

27. Pigliucci, M. 2010. Genotype phenotype mapping and the end of the genes as blueprint metaphor. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society series B 365:557–566. 

26. Pigliucci, M. and Muller, G. 2010. Foreword to Julian Huxley’s Evolution-The Modern Synthesis. MIT Press. 

25. Pigliucci, M. 2009. What should I believe? Metapsychology, 12/22/09.

24. Pigliucci, M. 2009. Down with natural selection? Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52:134–40.

23. Pigliucci, M. 2009. Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection. Philosophical Reviews, 2009.8.15.

22. Pigliucci, M. 2009. An extended synthesis for evolutionary biology. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1168: 218–228. 

21. Pigliucci, M. 2008. What, if anything, is an evolutionary novelty? Philosophy of Science 75:887-898. 

20. Pigliucci, M. 2008. The proper role of population genetics in modern evolutionary theory. Biological Theory 3:316-324. 

19. Pigliucci, M. 2008. The borderlands between science and philosophy. Quarterly Review of Biology 83(1):7-15. 

18. Pigliucci, M. 2008. Sewall Wrights’ adaptive landscapes: 1932 vs. 1988. Biology and Philosophy 23:591-603. 

17. Pigliucci, M. 2008. Is evolvability evolvable? Nature Reviews Genetics 9:75-82. 

16. Pigliucci, M. 2007. The evolution-creation wars: why teaching more science just is not enough. McGill Journal of Education 42:285-306. 

15. Pigliucci, M. 2007. Primate, philosophers and the biological basis of morality. Biology and Philosophy 22:611-618. 

14. Pigliucci, M. 2007. Do we need an extended evolutionary synthesis? Evolution 61:2743-2749.

13. Pigliucci, M. 2006. Genetic variance-covariance matrices: A critique of the evolutionary quantitative genetics research program. Biology and Philosophy 21:1-23. 

12. Pigliucci, M. 2006. Evolutionary biology: puzzle solving or paradigm shift? Quarterly Review of Biology 81:377-379. 

11. Johnson, M. and Pigliucci, M. 2004. Is knowledge of science associated with higher skepticism of pseudoscientific claims? American Biology Teacher 66:536-548. 

10. Pigliucci, M. 2003. Species as family resemblance concepts: the (dis-)solution of the species problem? Bioessays 25:596-602. 

9. Pigliucci, M. 2003. On the relationship between science and ethics. Zygon 38:871-894. 

8. Pigliucci, M. and Kaplan, J. 2003. On the concept of biological race and its applicability to humans. Philosophy of Science 70:1161-1172. 

7. Pigliucci, M. 2003. From molecules to phenotypes? The promise and limits of integrative biology. Basic and Applied Ecology 4:297-306. 

6. Pigliucci, M. 2002. Are ecology and evolutionary biology “soft” sciences? Annales Zoologici Fennici 39:87-98. 

5. Kaplan, J.M. and Pigliucci, M. 2001. Genes ‘for’ phenotypes: A Modern History View. Biology and Philosophy 16:189-213. 

4. Pigliucci, M. 2001. Characters and environments. In: The Character Concept in Evolutionary Biology. Ed. GP Wagner. San Diego, CA: Academic Press. 

3. Pigliucci, M. and Kaplan, J. 2000. The fall and rise of Dr Pangloss: adaptationism and the Spandrels paper 20 years later. Trends Ecol Evol 15:66-70. 

2. Callahan, H., Pigliucci, M., and Schlichting, C.D. 1997. Developmental phenotypic plasticity: where ecology and evolution meet molecular biology. BioEssays 19:519-525.

1. Pigliucci, M. and Schlichting, C.D. 1997. On the Limits of Quantitative Genetics for the Study of Phenotypic Evolution. Acta Biotheoretica 45:143-160.