The Consolations of Philosophy
Alain de Botton
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER
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.
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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