happiness & wellness | September 15, 2021

Philosophy Chair and Award-Winning Author John Kaag Joins The Lavin Agency

We’re moving towards the post-pandemic world, but the collective grief, trauma, and suffering of the last two years still lingers. New Lavin speaker John Kaag, the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, shows us how we can process our feelings post-crisis, find hope and strength to move on, and actively pursue a life worth living.  

It’s possible to live meaningfully, not in spite of suffering—but by virtue of it. In his award-winning books American Philosophy, Hiking with Nietzche,  and his most recent release, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds, John Kaag introduces us to “the philosophy of everyday life”: the ideas, concepts, and therapeutic techniques that can help us flourish, even in the face of hardship. Following in the path of William James—the founder of modern psychology—and a host of other great thinkers, Kaag shows us how to respond to our challenges while staying hopeful for the future. It’s impossible to avoid struggle, explains Kaag. The key is to struggle in the right way.


Since its timely release in early 2020, Sick Souls, Healthy Minds has received tremendous praise from the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post Book Club, which writes, “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.”

Discover how to live a meaningful life by booking speaker John Kaag for your next event. Contact The Lavin Agency for more information.

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