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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain de Botton, FRSL (/dəˈbɒtən/; born 20 December 1969) is a Swiss-born, British-based author and television presenter. His books and television programmes discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasising philosophy's relevance to everyday life. Couldn't you listen to him all day long? (although not everyone agrees; click here)


Ancient philosophers confuse me. Living and working in Greece for almost two years didn't help much either. I need to remind myself with the acronym SPA to know who came first and second and third: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

Luckily, quite a few years ago I discovered Alain de Botton who wrote several very good books, some of which he turned into video clips.


"The Art of Travel"

"The Perfect Home", based on his book "The Architecture of Happiness"

"Status Anxiety"

"Nietzsche on Hardship", based on his book "Philosophy - A Guide To Happiness"

"Seneca on Anger", based on his book "Philosophy - A Guide to Happiness"

"Socrates on Self-Confidence£, based on his book "Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness"

"Montaigne on Self-Esteem", based on his book "Philosophy - A Guide to Happiness"

"Schopenhauer on Love", based on his book "Philosophy - A Guide to Happiness"


Some of his books are available online:

The Architecture of Happiness
The Art of Travel
The News - A User's Manual
Religion for Atheists
The Consolations of Philosophy
Status Anxiety
The Romantic Movement
The Course of Love
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
How Proust can change your Life

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