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The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy

Paperback Vintage

By (author) Alain de Botton

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 16mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679779175
  • ISBN 13: 9780679779179
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: HALFTONES THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 11,807

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From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles. Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The ancient Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and most affordable, solution to cash flow problems. A remedy for impotence lies in Montaigne. Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness. The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining.

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Alain de Botton is the author of On Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, and How Proust Can Change Your Life (available in paperback from Vintage Books). His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Washington, D.C., and London, where he is a director of the Graduate Philosophy Program at London University.

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"Wonderfully original, quirky.... De Botton finds inspiration where others might fail to look."-"Newsday"

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From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles. Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The ancient Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and most affordable, solution to cash flow problems. A remedy for impotence lies in Montaigne. Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness. The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining.