Marietta McCarty

About the Author


“Being a disciple of little big minds has changed my life. They have taught me well, most especially about love.”

—Little Big Minds


Marietta McCarty is the author of bestseller Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, Nautilus Award winner How Philosophy Can Save Your Life: 10 Ideas That Matter Most, and The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music, and Recipes. Marietta is currently at work on her fourth book, due out in October 2018.

Marietta enjoyed lively philosophy circles among her college students at Piedmont Virginia Community College for twenty-eight years before setting off on her career as an author. Her books lead her into new circles of fledgling philosophers of all ages—on playgrounds, in dining rooms, through back doors into kitchens, through front doors into libraries and restaurants, at business meetings and after-work parties. Relationships prosper as honest conversation, buoyed by laughter and respect, brings people together in their quest for mental clarity.

Marietta defines philosophy as “the art of clear thinking.”

With better grasp of the meaning of joy, kindness, community, empathy, love, or gratitude, for example, the path towards the good life opens wide. She is better able to keep her own eye on the prize of good living through teaching and learning, speaking and listening.

Being a disciple of little big minds has changed my life. They have taught me well, most especially about love.
— Little Big Minds


After spending a happy childhood in Richmond, Virginia, Marietta graduated a summa cum laude member of Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins University and earned her Master’s in philosophy from the University of Virginia. Her induction into the Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 points to her love affair with sports of all kinds—director of the Blue Ridge Tennis Camp for fourteen summers, baseball player with child philosophers, coach of field hockey and basketball teams….  The organization of Virginia Professional Communicators selected Marietta as its 2014 Newsmaker, a tribute to her three books and her philosophical travels.

Good living? An ocean breeze, good conversation, quiet, simplicity, bluebirds—the awareness that everything is in relationship.

Good living surely includes her joy in the process of writing her new book.


Kindness doubles as a master key, unlocking doors with its greasing properties: persistence and grace.
— The Philosopher's Table