Boredom and Value Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Townsend, Lauren
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
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  • In this paper I argue that the susceptibility to boredom and the experience of boredom can be involved in a good life in important ways. First I address why this inquiry is worth pursuing and then define what it is to be bored and what it is for an object or experience to be boring. I then discuss three ways boredom is involved with positively valued projects or experiences, first outlining some features I take to be an essential part of living a good life that often include boredom. Then I argue that the ability to grow and change is facilitated by the susceptibility to boredom. Finally, I discuss how the experience of pain can be a constituent part of certain kinds of valuable experiences and suggest there are analogous ways that the experience of boredom is also constitutive element of some valuable experiences.
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  • MacLean, Douglas
  • Wolf, Susan
  • Hill, Thomas E.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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