- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (30 March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241140110
- ISBN-13: 978-0241140116
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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The Consolations of Philosophy Paperback – 30 Mar 2000
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About the Author
Alain de Botton is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, The News: A User's Manual, and latest novel The Course of Love, among many others. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture.
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Four Stars20 April 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Good book....Not much time yet to absorb all of it
Great Book!30 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I watched the six-part TV mini-series documentary "Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness" and was so pleased with it that I ordered this book. It is an easy and comforting read, I can't recommend both the book and the TV mini-series enough.
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General Introduction to 4 Philosophers in a Biographic Approach.16 August 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Generally speaking I liked this book. Generally. I liked how the author introduces several prominent philosophers to the reader in a biographic approach and then correlates their teachings, subtly in a contemporary way. I could understand why Botton does this. He wishes merely to introduce the philosophers, he deems important, to the 'masses' in a way to further educate them to invoke a sense of purpose or merely for contemplation. It is an interesting approach for a modern writer. If you have read Socrates, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche you can either validate the authors research perspective or dismiss it as a generalization. As such, i was intrigued by Montaigne and less by Nietzsche. This is an introductory book for those wanting to learn or dab into a philosophical view based upon a minute sample of 4 historical philosophers. Of which only one, Socrates, is in a "class" all to himself, yet as stated previously, Montaigne's biography could be interesting to explore further as some of his earlier teachings were inspired by the great antiquity classical philosophers deriving from Ancient Greece and Rome..
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