In clear, witty prose, de Botton (who directs the graduate philosophy program at Consolation for those feeling unpopular is found in the trial and death of. 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, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. I would have been reading Schopenhauer. His most recent work, The News: Return to Book Page.

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My mind turned to objects of desire. First published by Hamish Hamilton insubsequent publications onwards have been by Penguin Books. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Dw and Privacy Policy. And Nietzsche has shrewd counsel for everything from loneliness to illness. This is not the dumbing down of philosophy, it is a dumbing out.

Drawing on the work of six of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems. Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Alain de Botton. The illustrations and bitton throughout the book create a unique look.


The Consolations of Philosophy Quotes Showing of We fail to ask ourselves the cardinal and most consoling question: A sense of injustice may lead to murder, or to a ground-breaking work of economic theory. Also by Alain De Botton.

The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain de Botton

They had therefore fashioned a hypocritical creed denouncing what they wanted but were too weak to fight for while praising what they did not want but happened to have. In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties. Artists and philosophers not only show us what we have felt, they present our experiences more poignantly and intelligently than we have been able; they give shape to aspects of our lives that we recognise as our own, yet could never have understood so clearly on our own.

Consolation for envy — and, of course, the final word on consolation — comes from Nietzsche: Hadn’t I known acute difficulties in my life? Imagine, if you will, a man who meets a woman on a train who reminds him of a strangely moving picture in a Danish museum. Very simple advice, but very relevant.

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The Consolations of Philosophy

We both consoled ourselves with Montaigne’s wise words on inadequacy, but I would like to reassure my female readers fe has never happened again.

There may be no good reason ocnsolations things to be the way they are. What will the next book be about? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A few critics have been negative. Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money?


From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Lifea delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source ov help for our most painful everyday problems. But it was difficult to think of one. A virtuous, ordinary life, striving for wisdom but never far from folly, is achievement enough. 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.

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 success, in the gap between who we wish one pholosophy to be and who we are at present, must come pain, consoolations, envy and humiliation.

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