“A Philosophical Look at the Midlife Crisis” with guest Kieran Setiya


The phrase “midlife crisis” has become a clichéd joke. It inspires images of men with sports cars and trophy wives. Yet, however much we make fun of it, there is a lot of evidence to show that it, or something like it, exists for many men and women., What does a midlife crisis look like through a philosophical lens? Does philosophy give us tools to help us mitigate or even cure the angst that comes from being halfway done with one’s life?   On this episode of Why? Radio, we find out.

Kieran Setiya teaches Philosophy at M.I.T., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He focuses on ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. He is the author several books, including his most recent “self-help book,” Midlife: A Philosophical Guide. His work on midlife has been featured in numerous publications including The Guardian, and The New York Times.

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