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John Kaag
Professor of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, and author of Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are (2018). He lives outside Boston.

Written by John Kaag

Essay/
Thinkers and theories
The greatest use of life

The pragmatist philosopher William James had a crisp and consistent response when asked if life was worth living: maybe

John Kaag

Essay/
Meaning and the good life
Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin