6 Apr The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton. Hamilton, £, digested in the style of the original. Buy it at BOL. Thu 6 Apr 17 Jan The Consolations of Philosophy. Alain de Botton’s book takes its title from Boethius’ classic of the same name. In his book, de Botton explores. Three years ago, de Botton offered a delightful encounter with a writer many find unapproachable, in his bestselling How Proust Can Change Your Life. Now he.

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Jonathan Learwriting in the New York Times said: Solace for the broken heart can be found in the words of Schopenhauer. What philosopher featured in the book did you most enjoy writing about?

The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton

And yet there were a few philosophers who did deal with the questions of everyday life, and it was these philosophers I decided to put at the center of my book. The critical reception for Consolations has been primarily positive. I was wandering through the upper gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as one does when one has a few hours to while away before catching a London flight, when my eye was taken by a painting of the death of Socrates.

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from January What role do you see philosophy assuming in the 21st century? He invites her to stay the night but she says she has to get up early the next morning to go to Frankfurt.

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.


Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money? The title of the book is a reference to Boethius’s magnum opus Consolation of Philosophyin which philosophy appears as an allegorical figure to Boethius to console him in the year he was imprisoned, leading up to his impending execution.

This is not the dumbing down of philosophy, it is a dumbing out. Needless to say, I understand little about the subject, practically or abstractly. We both consoled ourselves with Montaigne’s wise words on inadequacy, but I would like to reassure my female readers it has never happened again. And philosiphy you really are pressed – the digested read, digested: 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.

Apr 03, Pages Buy. Very simple advice, but very relevant. New York Times14 May Imagine, if you will, a man who meets a woman on a train who reminds him of a strangely moving picture in philosolhy Danish museum. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Five philosophers does not a book or TV series make. My mind turned to objects of desire. Edward Skidelsky of the New Statesman wrote: A few critics have been negative. Just call it The Little Book of Calm for the chattering classes. Nothing in this travesty deserves its title; Boethius must be turning in his grave.

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That is the thread that connects them back to Socrates — even if they are not willing to follow him into the marketplace — and that is the thread that The Consolations of Philosophy cuts. The illustrations and graphics throughout the book create a unique look. Retrieved from ” https: Apr 03, Pages. What will the next book be about?


These are categorised in a number of chapters with one philosopher used in each. It is deeply dispiriting, then, that the latest attempt to popularize philosophy [De Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy ] – that is to say, philoosphy make philosophy into televisual fodder – does so precisely on the basis that philosophers can provide us with useful tips More than two-thousand years ago, he was telling people not to shop so much and pointing out that the desire to acquire ever more material things consolaion usually a substitute for other desires.

Philosophy books Alain de Botton. For the work by Boethius written c. 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. Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe.

Also in Vintage International. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness. At that time, I haunted the philosophy sections of bookshops, hoping I might find answers. Even so, I sometimes feel frustrated when things don’t go my way. Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Alain de Botton.