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The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life. Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life, has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform. "Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives." (Independent). "No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker...A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation." (John Banville, Irish Times). "Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining...an ingenious, imaginative book." (Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times). "Witty, thoughtful, entertaining...a stylish book, which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant." (Anthony Clare, Literary Review). "Gentle, helpful and humane...De Botton's instinct is surely right: if we are to bring philosophy to life we should look again at those thinkers who have sought to be not clever or paradoxical, but simply wise. " (Roger Scruton, Mail on Sunday).

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 280g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 0140276610
  • 9780140276619
  • 1,742

About Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, How to Think More About Sex, Art as Therapy, and The News: A User's Manual. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture. Alain de Botton's first novel in nearly two decades, The Course of Love, will be published in April 2016.

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Indulging yourself a little can be good for others as well as yourself. Alain de Botton follows his fancy in telling us about six philosophers, starting from the moment when he was looking for the chocolate milk but saw a picture of Socrates drinking the hemlock instead. So his tour of the six is engaging as well as instructive. (Kirkus UK)

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Witty, thoughful, entertaining ... a stylish book, which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant, at the same time providing a very sensible digest of consolations for many of our current psychological ills Literary Review Single-handedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us to live our lives Independent A pleasure to read. And good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation -- John Banville Irish Times

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Alain De Button has a rare gift - to be able to write in a manner that is both entertaining and insightful. The book tracks the course of philosophy from Socrates and Plato, to Epicurus, to Seneca, to Montaigne, to Schophenhauer, to Nitzsche. I can't speak on behalf of philosophical experts but I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a lamans interest in philosophy, or simply enjoys reading about the beauty of the world. An excellently written piece on how the wisdom of humanity can bring joy to life.show more
by Wendy Umstad