Here is the complete index of my ongoing series of essays under the heading of “Figs in Winter” (began in September 2022), published as a Substack newsletter. (Why the title? Check it out!) Some essays are free, some require a subscription (you know, writers have to pay bills too!). Entries are arranged according to the standard curriculum of ancient Greco-Roman philosophical schools: Ethics (how to live), Science (what to know), and Reasoning (how to think), plus a number of limited thematic series. The top essays within each group are the most recent ones. Enjoy!
Most recent post: How to keep an open mind with Sextus Empiricus
- The philosophy of football
- Reflecting on Ken Frazier, skeptic
- The great philosophical exodus of 86 BCE
- Totalitarianism as a novel form of “government”
- The nine kinds of ethical life
- Alas, Alcibiades, what condition you suffer from!
- Is it true that you can’t derive an ought from an is?
- On the steps of Marcus Aurelius: visiting Carnuntum
- Figs in winter and the idea of an art of living
- Determinism, swerves, and the relationship between metaphysics and ethics
- The full colors of Greece and Rome
- What criterion for knowledge?
- Who’s afraid of skepticism?
- Why we can’t, ultimately, prove anything
- How to assess the probability of pretty much everything
- The importance of doubting
- The axiom of futility
- Plato’s mistake