Massimo Pigliucci

    Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism. Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.” In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Philosophy Now and The Philosopher’s Magazine, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. Pigliucci publishes two blogs: Plato’s Footnote (, on general philosophy, and How to Be a Stoic (, on his personal exploration of Stoicism as practical philosophy. At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 152 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 11 technical and public outreach books, most recently of How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Boos). Other books include Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Maarten Boudry; Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (Basic Books); and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press).