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The Consolations of Philosophy

By Alain de Botton

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Published to coincide with a Channel 4 series on the same theme, Alain de Botton has written this witty and enlightening book to look at how philosophy can change your life. He pairs six philosophers with six everyday problems to provide helpful and Continue

Published to coincide with a Channel 4 series on the same theme, Alain de Botton has written this witty and enlightening book to look at how philosophy can change your life. He pairs six philosophers with six everyday problems to provide helpful and fascinating answers.

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    A practical book on how the philosophy of six different thinkers (Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche) can console us from what is ailing us in different realms of everyday life: holding opinions that run against the maj ...(continue)

    A practical book on how the philosophy of six different thinkers (Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche) can console us from what is ailing us in different realms of everyday life: holding opinions that run against the majority, struggling to be happy, avoiding frustration, learning to live with our own personal faults, love problems, and the endeavor for self-improvement and overcoming difficulties. All in all, this volume makes an excellent gift for any young person who is starting to become aware of his/her surroundings and is also starting to deal with these very same issues.

    On a side-note, plenty of people would characterize this book as "self-help" and would write a few derisive comments about it. Sure, it does not provide a profound, in-depth analysis of the thought of the six philosophers that are covered. And what? That was never the objective of the book. I am convinced there is something to say in favor of people who, like Alain de Botton, manage to look at the great work of thinkers and authors and connect it to our own lives.

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    Jesus Ortega Segura said on Aug 14, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    De Botton on the philosophies and lives of Socrates, Epicures, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietsche. He does not just describe these six (and a few more), but reflects (yes, Epicurus) their thinking in his own life. Very candid at times and henc ...(continue)

    De Botton on the philosophies and lives of Socrates, Epicures, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietsche. He does not just describe these six (and a few more), but reflects (yes, Epicurus) their thinking in his own life. Very candid at times and hence more memorable. Well written.

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    Jw. said on Feb 25, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    A thought provoking book by citing the stories of six great philosophers.

    Consolation of Unpopulalrity, on Socrates, provides a good case study of critical thinking.

    The second section, Consolation for Not Having Enough Money, is real inspiring wh ...(continue)

    A thought provoking book by citing the stories of six great philosophers.

    Consolation of Unpopulalrity, on Socrates, provides a good case study of critical thinking.

    The second section, Consolation for Not Having Enough Money, is real inspiring when Epicurus said "the desire for riches should perhaps not always be understood as a simple hunger for a luxurious life, a more important motive might be the wish to be appreciated and treated nicely." This is the same insight as provided by "Wellbeing" of Tom Rath!

    The next one, Consolation of Frustration, cites Seneca who proposed one main cause of frustration: mismatch of reality and expectation. It reminds me another book "the five things we cannot change"

    However, the next two, consolation of inadequacy and a broken heart, on Montaigne and Schopenhauer respectively, are rather boring.

    The last one, consolation of difficulties on Nietzsche, is quite insightful. It states that the sources of our greatest jous lying awkwardly close to those of our greatest pains. Just like you have to endure when you have to climb up the summit. Or to use the word of Montaigne, the art of living lies in finding uses for our adversities.

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    Waleswong said on May 2, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    It is consolation indeed to find our own thoughts echoed across centuries.

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    Shinyuin said on Jun 10, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    I finished this book in one sitting, I was so entranced by it! I understand that de Botton is not well thought of by "proper" philosophy scholars but I find him more than adequate as a philosophy pleb.

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    Snarkattack said on May 29, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    My first Alain de Botton book - and it was a fun read! He shows that philosophy doesn't always deal with incomprehensible questions about existence. His chapters tell us what thinkers have tried to deal with unpopularity, not having enough money, f ...(continue)

    My first Alain de Botton book - and it was a fun read! He shows that philosophy doesn't always deal with incomprehensible questions about existence. His chapters tell us what thinkers have tried to deal with unpopularity, not having enough money, frustration, inadequacy, and broken hearts. My favorite is probably Arthur Schopenhauer - the ultimate pessimist whose life esssentially sucked until he suddenly became famous when he turned 60.

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    Michaelkchan said on Nov 1, 2008 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 272 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0241140099
  • ISBN-13: 9780241140093
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 2000-03-28
  • Dimensions: 155 mm x 1,064 mm x 1,547 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Audio CD , Audio Cassette , Others , eBook
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