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Massimo Pigliucci

K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy


Division of Humanities and the Arts




NAC 5/203C

  • Profile

    Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at City College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience.

    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 magazines such as Philosophy Now and Skeptic magazine among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. Pigliucci writes a blog on general philosophy and one on Stoicism. He also "pens" a regular column for The Philosophers' Magazine.

    Prof. Pigliucci has published 144 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, most recently of Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Maarten Boudry. Other books include 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).

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  • Publications

    Recent Publications

    The Fake, the Flimsy, and the Fallacious: Demarcating Arguments in Real Life, by Maarten Boudry, Fabio Paglieri & Massimo Pigliucci, Argumentation, DOI 10.1007/s10503-015-9359-1 (2015)

    Gould on Morton, Redux: What can the debate reveal about the limits of data?, by Jonathan Kaplan, Massimo Pigliucci & Joshua Banta, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 22-31 (2015)

    What makes weird beliefs thrive? The epidemiology of pseudoscience, by Maarten Boudry, Stefaan Blancke & Massimo Pigliucci, Philosophical Psychology 28 (8):1177-1198 (2014)

    Mind uploading: a philosophical counter-analysis, by Massimo Pigliucci, In Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.), Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Wiley 119-130 (2014)

    The proximate–ultimate distinction and evolutionary developmental biology: causal irrelevance versus explanatory abstraction, by Raphael Scholl & Massimo Pigliucci, Biology and Philosophy, DOI 10.1007/s10539-014-9427-1 (2014)

    The extended (evolutionary) synthesis debate: where science meets philosophy, by Massimo Pigliucci & Leonard Finkelman, BioScience: online (2014)

    The Value of Public Philosophy to Philosophers, by Massimo Pigliucci & Leonard Finkelman, Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):86-102 (2014)

    Human races, by Guido Barbujani & Massimo Pigliucci, Current Biology 23:185-187 (2013)

    The mismeasure of machine: Synthetic biology and the trouble with engineering metaphors, by Maarten Boudry & Massimo Pigliucci, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (4):660-668 (2013)

    Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence, by Massimo Pigliucci, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2013)

    New Atheism and the Scientistic Turn in the Atheism Movement, by Massimo Pigliucci, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 37 (1):142-153 (2013)

    What are we to make of the concept of race? Thoughts of a philosopher–scientist, by Massimo Pigliucci, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 44 (3):272-277 (2013)

    When Science Studies Religion: Six Philosophy Lessons for Science Classes, by Massimo Pigliucci, Science and Education 22 (1):49-67 (2013)

    Prove it! The Burden of Proof Game in Science vs. Pseudoscience Disputes, by Massimo Pigliucci & Maarten Boudry, Philosophia 42 (2):487-502 (2013)
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