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 . The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton. Hamilton, £, digested in the style of the original. Buy it at BOL. Thu 6 Apr April 22, Philosophy can be practical and philosophers can be badasses. Alain de Botton is passionate about philosophy’s relevance to everyday life.

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But it was difficult to think of one. Of the six philosophers covered in your book, whose achievements resonate the most strongly?

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Love by a British magazine a few years ago, because my first three novels are all about love. In seeking to popularise philosophy, Alain de Botton has merely trivialised it, smoothing the discipline into a series of silly sound bites.

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It may be frightening to hear that a high proportion of a community holds us to be wrong, but before abandoning our position, we should consider the method by which their conclusions have been reached. Envy may lead to bitterness, or to a decision to compete with a rival and the production of a masterpiece.

Because no one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt; and in the interval between initial failure and subsequent botton, in the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation. Looking for More Great Reads? The ancient Greek Epicurus has the wisest, and most affordable, solution to cash flow problems.

I would have been reading Schopenhauer. These are categorised in a number of chapters with one philosopher used in each. Hadn’t I struggled to the summit of Piz Corvatsch, high above the Engadine valleys, to read a quote from Nietzsche that I had written on an envelope from the Hotel Edelweiss in Sils-Maria to the wind and the rocks?


About The Consolations of Philosophy 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.

How will ancient writings continue to illuminate our lives? We are experiencing technical difficulties. Hopefully in this new century, philosophy will once again engage with everyday life and experience and serious philosophers will write philosophies of travel, eating, marriage, family life etc.

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Rather than trying to cut ourselves in two, we should cease waging civil war on our perplexing physical envelopes and learn to accept them as unalterable facts of our condition; neither so terrible, nor so humiliating. Jonathan Learwriting in the New York Times said: See all books by Alain Consolatiobs Botton.

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In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties. From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Lifea delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems.

We want fancier clothes and houses because we lack some basic things like friendship and understanding. New York Times14 May If you decide for the former and desire to diminish and lower the level of human pain, you also have to diminish and lower the level of their capacity for joy.

consolationd Just call it The Little Book of Calm for the chattering classes. A long time ago when L and I were travelling through the Minho, I had a bad case of detumescence when we were making love.

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Very simple advice, but conwolations relevant. Edward Skidelsky of the New Statesman wrote: And yet there were a few comsolations who did deal with the questions of everyday life, and it was these philosophers I decided to put at the center of my book. Not everything which hurts may be bad. A few critics aoain been negative. Perhaps only Alain de Apain could uncover practical wisdom in the writings of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.


Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. They begin to talk and she agrees to have dinner.

But uncover he does, and the result is an unexpected book of both solace and humor. Christians had wished to enjoy the real ingredients of fulfilment a position in the world, sex, intellectual mastery, creativity but did not have the courage to endure the difficulties these goods demanded.

At that time, I haunted the philosophy sections of bookshops, hoping I might find answers. Stay in Touch Sign up. This man is NOT me. Jan 23, Pages Buy.

Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. The illustrations and graphics throughout the book create a unique look. Anxiety may precipitate panic, or an accurate analysis of what is amiss. How did you come to write The Consolations of Philosophy? They had therefore fashioned a hypocritical creed denouncing what they wanted but were consoltions weak to fight for while praising what they did not want but happened to have.

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About Alain De Botton Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. When I studied the subject at university, I discovered that most philosophers were very abstract and had nothing to tell us about how to live. It is the soundness of their method of thinking that should determine the weight we give to their disapproval.