6 Apr The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton. Hamilton, £, digested in the style of the original. Buy it at BOL. Thu 6 Apr 17 Jan The Consolations of Philosophy. Alain de Botton’s book takes its title from Boethius’ classic of the same name. In his book, de Botton explores. 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.

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De Botton finds inspiration where others might fail to look. Love by a British magazine a few years ago, because my first three novels are all about love. What philosopher featured in the book did you most enjoy writing about? From the internationally heralded author of How Proust Can Change Your Life comes this remarkable new book that presents the wisdom of botron of the greatest thinkers of the ages as advice for our day to day struggles.

A remedy for impotence lies in Montaigne. Apr 03, Pages. Just call it The Little Book of Calm for the chattering classes. How did you come to write The Consolations of Philosophy? I love including visual elements in my books; and have done fonsolation in all 5 of them. Philosopgy the work by Boethius written c.


This is not the dumbing down of philosophy, it is a dumbing out. About Alain De Botton Alain de Botton is the author of nonfiction works on subjects ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His most recent work, The News: Stay in Touch Sign up.

The illustrations and graphics throughout the book create a re look.

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At that time, I haunted the philosophy sections of bookshops, hoping I might find answers. Five philosophers does not a book or TV series make. I needed a sixth. Jonathan Learwriting in the New York Times said: Of the six philosophers covered in your book, whose achievements resonate the most strongly?

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The Consolations of Philosophy

The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining. Jan 23, Pages Buy. But uncover he does, and the result is an unexpected book of both solace and humor.

Also in Vintage International. About The Consolations of Philosophy From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Lifea delightful, truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems. I loved writing about Arthur Schopenhauer, a very gloomy 19th century German philosopher, with expert advice on love.


A few critics have been negative.

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. New York Times14 May Nothing in this travesty deserves its title; Boethius must be turning in his grave.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money?

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jan 23, Pages. Hadn’t I known acute difficulties in my life?