Miller Scholar 2019
Philosopher and author John Kaag is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Kaag believes, following thinkers like William James, that philosophy should go where the interesting questions are. This belief has drawn him to a diverse number of topics--from the biological origins of creativity in Thinking through the Imagination (Fordham 2014), to the ethics of drone warfare in Drone Warfare (Polity 2016), to the relationship between philosophy and memoir in his most recent books. He is author of American Philosophy: A Love Story (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2016), which was named an NPR Best Book of 2016 and New York Times Editor's Choice. His Hiking with Nietzsche, out in September with FSG, is the "dark" sequel to American Philosophy: A Love Story and is, among other things, an attempt to read Nietzsche's iconoclasm into adulthood.