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 the author of Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life (2020). He lives outside Boston.

Written by John Kaag

Untitled (Brooklyn Bridge), no date (thought to be c1930) by Arthur Hammond, gelatin silver print. Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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

Father and daughter, 1961. Photo by Erich Hartmann/Magnum

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