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Hiking with Nietzsche: A Conversation with John Kaag

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California Institute of Integral Studies

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Philosophy professor John Kagg’s book Hiking with Nietzsche: Becoming Who You Are is a memoir of two philosophical journeys. One he made as an introspective young man of nineteen, the other seventeen years later, in radically different circumstances—as a husband and father, joined by his wife and small child.

Both hikes took John to the Swiss peaks above Sils Maria where Nietzsche wrote his landmark work Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Both journeys were made in search of the wisdom at the core of Nietzsche’s philosophy, yet they delivered him to radically different interpretations and, more crucially, revelations about the human condition.

Join John for a fascinating exploration not only of Nietzsche’s ideals but of how his experience of living relates to us as individuals in the twenty-first century.


John Kaag is a professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is the author of American Philosophy: A Love Story, which was an NPR Best Book of 2016 and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He lives near Boston with his wife and daughter.

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