The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy

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One of the most influential voices in modern philosophy - the author of The Course of Love, Religion for Atheists, The Art of Travel and The School of Life

Alain de Botton presents a one-stop shop for solving the problems of everyday life through the wisdom of history's great philosophers

'Singlehandedly, de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: helping us live our lives' Independent

'Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining... An ingenious, imaginative book' The Sunday Times

'Witty, thoughtful, entertaining... It manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant' Anthony Clare, Literary Review

'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

Alain de Botton has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Find out what Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche would say about the things that bother us all the most: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety, the fear of failure and the pressure to conform.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 21mm | 312g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustr.
  • 0140276610
  • 9780140276619
  • 63,820

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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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About Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton 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, The News: A User's Manual, The Course of Love and The School of Life among many others. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.
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26,867 ratings
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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 more
by Henry Wagner
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