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Talk by John Kaag on “American Philosophy: A Love Story”

4:00pm EST February 27

The Writers House

What makes live worth living? How can American philosophy help us to answer this question?

John Kaag, Professor of Philosophy at UMass Lowell, will discuss themes from his critically acclaimed book, “American Philosophy: A Love Story.”

This is the second event in the School of Liberal Arts’ Interdisciplinary Symposia Series on Identity, Purpose, and Meaning.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

“American Philosophy: A Love Story” was named a NYTimes’ Editor’s Choice in 2016 and it was included in NPR’s Best Books of 2016.


“‘Is life worth living?’ This is the age-old but forever timely question at the center of this remarkable and daring memoir. Part history of American philosophy, part personal narrative, American Philosophy: A Love Story, takes us deeply into that ‘epic love affair with wisdom’ that is philosophy, but it does so through the wonderfully intimate lens of the author himself, a young and accomplished philosopher who has summoned the nerve to expose his flaws, his failures, his deepest doubts about it all, a rare act of creative courage and generosity that leads us to where the heart of true philosophy lies: to a deep and abiding sense of wonder. This is an absolutely stellar memoir.” ― Andre Dubus III

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Last modified on Feb. 21st at 9:53am by Sandra Raponi.
  • American Philosophy: A Love Story
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