Davvero gradevole e interessante quest'opera di "divulgazione filosofica" . L'autore espone alcuni concetti findamentali del pensiero di Socrate, Epicuro, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenauer e Nietzsche con spiccatta attinenza all'uso che ciascune di noi può farne per migliorare la nostra vita. A mio parere i capitoli più riusciti sono quelli su Seneca e Nietzsche mentre quello su Mointagne è parecchio prolisso e ripetitivo. Come ha già notato un altro utente una nota veramente negativa è l'assenza di riferimento bibliografico ogni volta che vengono citate parole degli autori. Per questo metterò una stellina in meno....Continua
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....Continua
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....Continua
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....Continua