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Lou Marinoff

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Lou Marinoff



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Lou Marinoff - a Commonwealth Scholar originally from Canada - studied theoretical physics at Concordia and McGill universities, and earned a PhD in Philosophy of Science at University College London. Following postdoctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a lectureship at the University of British Columbia, he joined The City College of New York in 1994, where he is currently Professor of Philosophy.

Lou publishes in decision theory, computer modeling of rational and moral agency, global ethics, philosophy of science, Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy, Buddhism, and philosophical practice. He is founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA), and editor of its journal Philosophical Practice.

Lou has authored several internationally bestselling books that apply philosophy to everyday life, including Plato Not Prozac, translated into twenty-seven languages.

Lou collaborates with think-tanks and leadership forums such as the Aspen Institute, Biovision (Lyon), Festival of Thinkers (Abu Dhabi), Horasis (Zurich), the Institute for Local Government (at the University of Arizona), Soka Gakkai International (Tokyo), Strategic Foresight Group (Mumbai), and the World Economic Forum (Davos).

Lou has appeared in three documentary films, two of which feature professional sports. A three-time Canadian Open Table Hockey champion (1978,79, 80), he continues to play and promote the sport as conducive to developing attention span and sportsmanship in children: an antidote to ADHD and bullying alike. The Wall Street Journal agrees, reporting in 2012 that table hockey is making a comeback.

Lou's hobbies include photography, classical guitar, and tennis.

A full cv can be downloaded here.


Recent Publications


2014. The Power of Tao, Argo Navis (Perseus Books), Denver, in the press

2013. Therapy for the Sane, 10th Anniversary Edition, Argo Navis (Perseus Books), Denver

2012. The Inner Philosopher (a dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda), Dialogue Path Press, Cambridge, MA

Book Chapters

2014. "A Skeptical View of Sustainability," in Design a Pattern of Sustainable Growth, edited by Daniele Schilirò, ASERS Publishing, Craiova, Romania, 2014, 14-30.
2013. Extract from "The Inner Philosopher," in Daisaku Ikeda -- Sekai tono Taiwa (Daisaku Ikeda -- Dialogue with World Figures), Daisan Bunmei Publishing Company, Tokyo, 196-199.

2013. "Philosophical Challenges in Building a Culture of Peace," in Voices for the Culture of Peace: Compendium of the SGI-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series, volume 2. Edited by Ian McIlraith, Culture of Peace Press, Los Angeles, 149-180.

2013. Chapter in Philosophical Practice: Five Questions, edited by Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox. Automatic Press, Birkerod, Denmark, 183-202.

2012. "Humanities Therapy: Restoring Well-Being in an Age of Culturally-Induced Illness." Keynote address, in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Philosophical Practice, Humanities Institute, Kangwon National University, South Korea, 27-48.

Journal Articles

2014. "Biological Roots of Conflict, and Its Resolution via Cultural Evolution," in The Journal of Conflictology, forthcoming.

2011. "Theory and Practice of Philosophical Counseling," Journal of Humanities Therapy, 2, 1-17.

2011. "Commemorating Fifty Years of IOP," The Journal of Oriental Studies, Vol. 50, #2, 78.

2011: "Transforming Poison into Medicine: The Role of Dualism in Psychiatry," The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 12(S1), 66-69.

Journal Editorship

Three issues per annum (March, July, November) of Philosophical Practice: Journal of the APPA.

Book Review

2012: Review of The Spinoza Problem, by Irvin Yalom, in Psychotherapy in Australia, May 2012.

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