Did any philosophers discuss overcoming ennui/boredom?

I read this question and its answer, but I am less interested in a definition of boredom and more interested in direct approaches or theories that aim at removing it.

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    Outside of “find something interesting to do”, what exactly are you hoping for in terms of an answer here...? Is there anything specifically you think philosophy might have to suggest here?
    – Joseph Weissman
    Oct 17, 2017 at 14:49
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    David Foster Wallace (who did academic philosophy before going on to the literary world) wrote about boredom extensively (both philosophically in essays and thematically in his novels and short stories). I'd recommend reading his book The Pale King, it is entirely about how to understand and deal with boredom. It is a huge theme in Infinite Jest of course, but he also discusses it in a non narrative way in his essays "This Is Water" and "E Unibus Pluram".
    – Not_Here
    Oct 17, 2017 at 15:10
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    Perhaps philosophy is the product of ennui therefore philosophers are using their products as cure -- like the effect is the cause, the cause the effect; a point defines a location, a location pointed by the point. 囧 Oct 17, 2017 at 17:02
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    You are asking to address a symptom, not a disease. For the symptom, if it itches, scratch it. Find something to do. Young people seem to think the answer to boredom is to find pleasure. Pleasure is not the answer, it exhausts fast and causes you to delay the solution, and your lifetime is limited. For the disease, you can read Theodor Adorno, Free Time.
    – RodolfoAP
    Oct 20, 2017 at 4:16
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    Kierkegaard's pseudonym A in Either/Or looks at boredom and how to avoid it in the section called "Crop Rotation". There's also some Sartre on boredom (and specifically ennui) somewhere in Being and Nothingness.
    – virmaior
    Oct 22, 2017 at 4:49


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