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Marinoff, Lou 1951-

MARINOFF, Lou 1951-

PERSONAL: Born October 18, 1951, in Noranda, Quebec, Canada; son of Abraham (a soldier and poet) and Rosaline (Tafler) Marinoff; married Gail Richardson (marriage ended); married Donna Goodall (marriage ended); married Liv Grimsby; children: Julian. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Concordia University, B.Sc., 1984; University College, University of London, Ph.D., 1992. Politics: "Human being." Religion: "Human being." Hobbies and other interests: Tennis, classical guitar.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Department of Philosophy, City College of the City University of New York, 137th St., at Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031. Agent—Joelle Delbourgo, Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc., 450 Seventh Ave., Suite 3004, New York, NY 10123. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, executive moderator of Canadian Applied Ethics Research Networks, 1991-94; City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, faculty member, 1994—, currently professor of philosophy. World Economic Forum, faculty member, 2000—; Institute of General Semantics, Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecturer, 2001. Counseling philosopher, 1991—.

MEMBER: American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy (member of board of directors, 1995-98), American Philosophical Practitioners Association (founding president, 1999-2003).

AWARDS, HONORS: Commonwealth scholar, British Council and Association of Commonwealth Universities, 1985-88.


(With Colleen Kapklein) Plato Not Prozac! ApplyingPhilosophy to Everyday Problems, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1999, published as Plato Not Prozac! Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.

Philosophical Practice, Academic Press (New York, NY), 2001.

The Big Questions: How Philosophy Can Change YourLife, Bloomsbury (New York, NY), 2003.

Also author of three novels, two unpublished and one "published underground." Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals. Contributing editor, Sexuality and Culture.

The book Plato Not Prozac! has been published in more than twenty foreign languages; The Big Questions is slated for similar international distribution.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on human conflict and its resolution, modeling rational and moral agents, decision theory, and applied philosophy.

SIDELIGHTS: Lou Marinoff told CA: "I am, therefore I write. The universe and its contents are the main influences. My writing process is my living process, sustained by grace, breath, consciousness, vibration (including light and music), emotion, all the usual unmentionables, and some of the unusual ones. The Muse, in many guises, provides companionships and therefore inspirations to write, but in truth the constant impellation is duty. I do not always choose the subjects of my writing; they often choose me to write about them."



Booklist, August, 1999, Ron Kaplan, review of PlatoNot Prozac! Applying Philosophy to Everyday Problems, p. 1992.

Denver Post, May 7, 2000, Cate Terwilliger, "Plato for the People Philosopher Touts Power of Philosophy As Counseling Tool," p. E8.

ETC: Review of General Semantics, summer, 2001, Martha Santer, "Philosophical Practitioner Will Present the 2001 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture," p. 229; fall, 2001, Martin H. Levinson, review of Plato Not Prozac!, p. 366.

Publishers Weekly, July 26, 1999, review of Plato NotProzac!, p. 75.

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