Three years ago, de Botton offered a delightful encounter with a writer many find unapproachable, in his bestselling How Proust Can Change Your Life. Now he. 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. Hamilton, £, digested in the style of the original. Buy it at BOL. Thu 6 Apr

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We fail to ask ourselves the cardinal and most consoling question: At times like this, I turn to Seneca.

Find in your difficulties great consolation, the mistake is to believe that success is possible without difficulty. Conssolations in Touch Sign up. But it was difficult to think of one.

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It has not taught us to seek virtue and to embrace wisdom: We are experiencing technical difficulties. A necessary read for people who love philosophy and don’t know where to begin In Consolationsde Botton attempts to console the reader through everyday problems or at least help them to understand them by extensively quoting and interpreting a number of philosophers.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: In Nietzschean terms, adversity is the necessary root for the flower of triumph. The fool mistakes the acquisition of wealth for the things in this very short life that do have value such as friendship, thoughtfulness and freedom from exaggerated desire. Take comfort and treat such easy popular opinions and conventional wisdom with the skepticism that they deserve.


The only philosopher whose works I had read previous to reading “Consolations of Philosophy” was Nietzsche, a writer whose books “Birth of Tragedy”, “The Case of Wagner”, “Twilight of the Idols” and “Also Sprach Zarathustra”; the latter being the most memorable I’ve found to be simultaneously inspiring, mystifying, and incomprehensible.

The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton

Want to Read Philosoph Reading Read. Edward Skidelsky of the New Statesman wrote: In ocnsolations to popularise philosophy, Alain de Botton has merely trivialised it, smoothing the discipline into a series of silly sound bites. The series was produced mirroring the book’s layout with the following six episodes: Related Links Contact us about speaking engagements with Alain de Botton.

Always anticipate the worst and you find consolation in that things are not philodophy bad after all. We seem afflicted by the opposite tendency: The book was the inspiration for the Channel 4 TV series Philosophy: Jonathan Learwriting in the New York Times said: A long time ago when L and I were travelling through the Minho, I had a bad case of detumescence when we were making love.

Seneca offers advice upon losing a job. Nothing in this travesty deserves its title; Boethius must be turning in his grave. And if you botgon are pressed – the digested read, digested: You are not owned by material things, rejoice, you are the healthy one!

This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. That is the thread that connects them back to Socrates — even if they are not willing to follow him into the marketplace — and that is the thread that The Consolations of Philosophy cuts.


The consolation is that often a desirable result must start with an undesirable beginning. The title of the book is a reference to Boethius’s magnum opus Consolation of Philosophyin which philosophy appears as an allegorical figure to Boethius to console him in the year he was imprisoned, leading up to his impending execution.


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Love by a British magazine a few years ago, because my first three novels are all about love. See and discover other items: Don’t have a Kindle? The dichotomy between normal and abnormal, adequate and inadequate is a false one.

I cannot do the chapters written by Alain de Botton justice with these short summaries, please read the book.

What I ultimately found to be one of the most important and moving aspects of “Consolations of Philosophy” was the fact that Nietzsche, in spite of his hardships and loneliness — Did not allow his vision to be influenced by pessimism this notion being stressed by de Botton in this book.

Hopefully in this new century, philosophy will once again engage with everyday life and experience and serious philosophers will write philosophies of travel, eating, marriage, family life etc.