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Andreas Elpidorou

Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: September 30, 2020 12 p.m. ET on WERA-FM 96.7 Arlington, VA

PROPELLED: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead Us to the Good Life (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Andreas Elpidorou is an academic philosopher and writer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. He specializes in the philosophical study of the mind and has published extensively on the nature of emotions (especially, boredom), consciousness, and cognition. He is best known for his work on the function and value of boredom. His articles "The Bright Side of Boredom" and “The Quiet Alarm” sparked worldwide attention: he has been featured in BBC News, Forbes, Nautilus, Nature, Fast Company, Vogue, Business Insider, and more, and made appearances both on the radio and television. According to an entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, he is described as "probably the most prolific and certainly one of the most interesting of the writers on the subject [boredom] at present.” At the University of Louisville, Andreas regularly teaches courses on metaphysics and the philosophy of emotions. In the fall 2019, he introduced a course on the nature of the good life. He is the co-author of Consciousness and Physicalism: A Defense of a Research Program (Routledge, 2018) and the co-editor of Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches (Routledge, 2016). In spring 2020, he published with Oxford University Press, Propelled: How Boredom, Frustration, and Anticipation Lead us to the Good Life, a book exploring how boredom, frustration, and anticipation can help us live a meaningful and fulfilling life. He blogs at Psychology Today. Website:


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