Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life

John Kaag (Author)

Product Details

$22.95  $21.11
Princeton University Press
Publish Date
March 17, 2020
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

John Kaag is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and an NPR Best Book of the year, and Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, which was also an NPR Best Book of the year. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's Magazine, and many other publications. He is professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and lives in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Twitter @JohnKaag


Characteristically elegant. . . . [Kaag] questioned the meaning of life. William James answered.---John Williams, New York Times Book Review
A highly readable summary of [William] James' life and thoughts.---David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express
Kaag's reading of James is as elucidating as readers have come to expect from him. Once again, he writes in a clear, focused, and winningly self-aware style that makes friends of James and himself for anyone who wonders if life is worth living. A book in which Kaag further carves out his niche in philosophy: personal, practical, and crucial.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Pithy and exacting. . . . Kaag, who by his own admission is 'not always entirely sold on life's value, ' writes with the fervor of on determined to hear life's higher notes. . . . in these anxiety-inducing times, it may be worth testing the buoyancy of James's existential life preserver.---Heller McAlpin, Wall Street Journal-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Masterful. . . .Truly a pleasure to read.---Mark D. White, Psychology Today-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Encountering William James at the right moment feels like making a friend who knows what you need to hear for your own good and can deliver it without making you defensive. At least that has been my own experience of reading him over the years, and Sick Souls, Healthy Minds left me with a much better sense of how and why James can have that effect.---Scott McLemee, Insider Higher Education-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Kaag writes movingly. . . . This is a tough, honest book that offers no easy answers. . . . Kaag acknowledges that our passage through life is fraught with risks, but those risks always include the chance of happiness.---Ron Charles, Washington Post Book Club-- "Kirkus Reviews"