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Midlife: A Philosophical Guide

Midlife:  A Philosophical Guide

by Kieran Setiya,
Psychology Today, October 17, 2017

In 1965, psychoanalyst Elliott Jaques coined the phrase “mid-life crisis.” That same year, the main character of John Williams’ novel Stoner gave a pithy and pungent description of the concept. At age 42, with an unsatisfying marriage and a stalled career, William Stoner “could see nothing before him that he wished to enjoy and little behind him that he cared to remember.”


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