Marietta McCarty

Marietta McCarty

Marietta McCarty is the author of  Nautilus Book Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most and National Bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy With Kids. Having been Assistant Professor of Philosophy since 1988 at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia, her teaching now revolves around her books. She hosts workshops, gives talks, teaches classes, and delights in joining philosophy circles of all ages.

Marietta McCarty enjoyed her tennis-playing, ball-throwing, book-reading, ocean-loving childhood in Richmond, Virginia. For fourteen summers, she was the director of the Blue Ridge Tennis Camp outside Charlottesville for children and adults, welcoming campers from many countries and throughout the US. A Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate in philosophy from Hollins College, she was inducted into the Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. She received her Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. Marietta's conviction that a fulfilling, contented life stems from vigor and clarity of mind drew her to her vocation in philosophy. That an open, inquisitive mind enlarges the capacity of the heart and breeds peace ensures that she will keep her shingle out.


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Life Saving Philosophy

When asked to write blogs for Psychology Today my first thought was PERFECT! I have witnessed for twenty-five years the power of newfound clarity to heal, redirect, and bring peace to people of all ages. I choose my topics for blogs very carefully, and aim for a wide array of food for thought. All blogs share an emphasis on moving forward through difficulty and the positive embrace of our lives. As a collective I offer the reader a tapestry of philosophical reflections and wish for each of you what philosophy has given me: an inner sanctuary of calm and perspective that steadies and inspires.