Lou Marinoff

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Lou Marinoff at Taplow Court, the Soka Gakkai International headquarters in the UK

Lou Marinoff is a professor of philosophy at The City College of New York, in New York City in the United States.[1] He is the founder of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and has written several books.


Marinoff did a doctorate in philosophy of science at University College London, then went to Hebrew University in Jerusalem for post-doctoral work.[2] He was executive director of the American Society for Philosophy Counseling and Psychotherapy, but in 1998 left it and started his own association, the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.[2]

American Philosophical Practitioners Association[edit]

The American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) is a non-profit educational organization which encourages philosophical awareness and advocates leading the examined life. APPA offers a certification program in client counseling for those with advanced degrees in philosophy who wish to practice philosophical counseling. It also publishes a professional Journal and has a membership list of those certified as philosophical counselors on its website.[3]

Marinoff founded the Association in 1998 in New York City.[4]


2010: Changing Our Minds, Living Life Films, San Diego. Directed by David Sousa.

2006: Way of the Puck, Creative Ape Productions, Los Angeles. Directed by Eric Anderson.

2004: Table Hockey: The Movie, Triad Films, Nova Scotia. Produced by Peter d'Entrement, directed by Thor Henrikson.


  • Fair New World. Vancouver: Backlash Books, 1994.
  • Plato Not Prozac. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
  • Philosophical Practice. New York: Elsevier, 2001.
  • Therapy for the Sane. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003.
  • The Big Questions. How philosophy can change your life. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2003.
  • The Middle Way. New York: Sterling, 2007.
  • The Inner Philosopher: Conversations on Philosophy's Transformative Power. A dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda. Cambridge, MA: Dialogue Pathways Press, 2012.
  • The Power of Tao. Denver: Argo Navis, 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Faculty and Staff Profiles: Lou Marinoff. City College of New York. Accessed April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Daniel Duane (March 21, 2004). The Socratic Shrink. The New York Times Magazine. Archived May 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "American Philosophical Practitioners Association – Official Website". Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Duane, Daniel (March 21, 2004). "The Socratic Shrink". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2011.

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