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Alain De Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

by Alain De Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain De Botton

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In The Consolations of Philosophy British philosopher Alain de Botton tackles the concerns of daily life by looking back to the thoughts and philosophies of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

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The Consolations of Philosophy

by Alain De Botton

The Consolations of Philosophy

Alain De Botton

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In our digital age, we don't often consider philosophy as a possible source of support for our day-to-day issues. Simply navigating through life in contemporary society can be overwhelming enough without having to think about the origins of the universe or the purpose of life. While it might seem counter-intuitive, great philosophers have often dealt with some very down-to-earth, universal questions.

Alain de Botton is a British philosopher, author, and co-founder of the School of Life. De Botton has devoted his career to bringing philosophy closer to a broader audience. In his books and public lectures he focuses on everyday topics like parenting, relationships, success, and happiness.

The Consolations of Philosophy is a collection of essays in which de Botton shows how the philosophies of six great thinkers - Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, and Nietzche can help us cope with feelings of inadequacy, frustration, and heartbreak.

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"We may be powerless to alter certain events, but we remain free to choose our attitude towards them, and it is in our spontaneous acceptance of necessity that we find our distinctive freedom."

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