Friday, September 2, 2016

On Patience at NDPR

Shirong Lou reviews On Patience at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews:
"By taking the road less travelled, Pianalto has done a great service to virtue ethics by reclaiming the long-neglected virtue of patience. His excellent book has thrust the virtue of patience to the foreground of the contemporary revival of virtue ethics, and will spark widespread philosophical interest in examining the nature of patience and its intricate relationship with other virtues that have long enjoyed the spotlight."

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On Patience Released!

Available in hardback and ebook via the Rowman & Littlefield website, Amazon, and other online sellers. A paperback edition will be released at a later date.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cover Released and Advance Praise

From the back cover:

“Matthew Pianalto’s book is a clear, subtle, and at times profound reflection on a theme of abiding importance in human life, one that is especially relevant right now. His writing on patience, linking it with a wide range of other themes, in fact exemplifies the quality he explores. Pianalto lets ideas come to him, and he helps their complex interest unfold in rich and illuminating ways.”
— Christopher Cordner, University of Melbourne

Cover image courtesy of Michael Karns.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Coming Soon: On Patience

Welcome. This site will be the virtual home of my book On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue, to be published by Lexington Books.

Drawing from a diverse range of sources and philosophical and religious traditions, On Patience lays out and defends a broad account of patience as a central virtue, in a way that transcends the boundaries of any specific metaphysical outlook. The virtue of patience has been recognized, explicitly or implicitly, by thinkers as different as Pope Gregory I, Seneca, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Buddhists from the 8th century figure Shantideva to Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama). On Patience seeks to find the overlapping ground in their insights in order to show that patience is something that we all need in order to make progress in our other pursuits, that patience is best understood as something more than calm waiting, and that, contrary to a common thought, a person can't really be "too patient."

I will be adding supplementary and source material in the section links near the top of the page and posting updates about release dates as they are available. In the mean time, feel free to contact me via the contact information available on my university webpages: or