John Kaag

John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a 2019 Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, and the author of, among other books, Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are and the forthcoming Henry at Work: Thoreau on Making a Living.

Our Pragmatic Present

There is no prescribed meaning or purpose to our lives—and that’s okay

by John Kaag | Monday, March 27, 2023

Touché-ing the Void

How can we live only to die?

by John Kaag | Monday, November 22, 2021

Fatal Courage

How Emerson helped me see, as if for the first time

by John Kaag | Monday, December 07, 2020

How to Live With Dying

Before I could accept mortality, I had to stop running from it

by John Kaag | Saturday, October 24, 2020

“There Is No Time in the Garden”

The Poetry of W. S. Merwin

by John Kaag | Monday, March 11, 2019

Freedom of Thought

The philosophical currents that shaped our nation

by John Kaag | Monday, March 04, 2019