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Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life…

Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life (2012)

by Adam Phillips

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This is a book about the pre-conditions of human motivation. The title and sub-title are somewhat misleading. The work is not so much an examination of what might have been, and a detailed analysis of the forces that account for our need to question possibilities in the first place. Phillips is inspired by Stanley Cavell and he successfully elucidates and expands upon Cavell's Wittgnesteinian project. The book is a great primer on motivation. ( )
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Offers advice for letting go of ideas about how life might have been in order to make the most of what life has to offer in the here and now by embracing failure, frustration, and other apparently negative, but necessary, elements of our lives.

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