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July 8th 2013: Diseases of Affluence, Their Causes and Cures: Philosophical Remedies for the Collapse of American Culture

In Germany they’re called “diseases of civilization”; in Japan, “lifestyle maladies”; in Sweden, “diseases of affluence.” The USA leads the world in producing them, but doesn’t even have a name for them. They have now reached epidemic proportions: obesity, depression, ADHD, bullying, chronic fatigue syndromes, sleep disorders, and sexual dysfunctions are sweeping the developed world. These so-called “epidemics” are culturally-induced illnesses, caused primarily by bad habits, poor choices, bankrupt values, and harmful lifestyles. That is, they stem from dysfunctional philosophies of li

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Lou Marinoff

Lou Marinoff is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at The City College of New York. He is also founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, and a pioneer of the growing philosophical practice movement, which applies philosophy to the management and resolution of human problems.
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