APPA Agora: Philosophy for Everyday Life

Welcome to the APPA Agora!

Free monthly Zoom events for the public, on the theme of Philosophy for Everyday Life

Hosted by Lou Marinoff, with featured guests at every event.

Next event: Saturday April 22, 2023, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST.

Featured Guest: Lydia Amir, Ph.D., Practitioner, Author, Pioneer

Lydia Amir is a French-Israeli professor of philosophy, currently teaching in the department of Philosophy at Tufts University and at graduate programs of Philosophy in Romania and Mexico. She also serves as a Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, China. Amir has worked as a philosophical practitioner for the last 30 years. She is President of the Israeli Association for Philosophical Practice, a Director of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, founding President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Humor, and member of various academic boards and committees. In addition to many articles and essays, Amir has published seven books, and is working under contract on several additional manuscripts. A board member of various journals, she serves as editor of two journals, one of which she founded, along with three book series; notably, the Lexington Series in Philosophical Practice.

Previous event: Saturday March 25, 2023, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST.

Featured Guest: Massimo Pigliucci, PhD, author of How to Be a Stoic

Massimo Pigliucci is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York.

His books include How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life (Basic Books), A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control (The Experiment, with Greg Lopez), and How to Live a Good Life (Vintage, co-edited with Skye Cleary and Dan Kaufman).

Massimo will talk about his life and work, and will dialogue with participants during a Q&A. Read more about Massimo here

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Inaugural event: Saturday February 18, 2023, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST.

Featured Guest: Pierre Grimes, PhD, Founder of the Noetic Society

Pierre is the first philosophical counselor in the West. He has pioneered and practiced Socratic Midwifery in Southern California since the 1960s.

Pierre founded both Opening Mind Academy and the Noetic Society, and is a Director of the APPA.

Alan Watts called Pierre “a true Jnana Yogi”.

Now 98 years of age, Pierre is a legendary sage and luminous beacon for all who aspire to find meaning and attain excellence in their lives.

Pierre will talk about his life and work, and will dialogue with participants during a Q&A. Read more about Pierre here

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