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Mark Lilla

Professor of Humanities, Columbia University

Lilla will work on a book, Ignorance and Bliss: On the Rationality of Not Knowing, which explores why people often choose not to know. The book will examine the relationship between ignorance and happiness and bridge the humanities (philosophy, religion, and literature) and the social sciences (cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, cultural anthropology) in order to investigate the consequences for individuals and societies of choosing ignorance over knowledge.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


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