Maieutic ends

Published 2021-06-24

A maieutic end is an end of acquiring another end.


  • Searching for your life’s purpose. You want a grand goal to pursue; you just don’t know what that goal is yet, so your current goal is to discover it.
  • Falling in love. Many people who are not in love wish they were. But to be in love isn’t an end in itself; once you’re in love, you simply love the person you’re in love with.
  • Cultivating an interest in a subject. E.g. I’m currently not very interested in math or history, but I wish I were.


Nguyen, C. Thi. Games: Agency as Art (p. 62). Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition.

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