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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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Every adversity is thus an opportunity for growth if we do not waste it.

A virtuous, ordinary life, striving for wisdom but never far from folly, is achievement enough. Consolation for envy dw and, of course, the final word on consolation — comes from Nietzsche: We want fancier clothes and houses because we lack some basic things like friendship and understanding.

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The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. De Botton finds inspiration where others might fail to look. 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.

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. Wealth cannot alleviate desire, quite the contrary, it only creates new desires so why should we chase after it in the hopes that it will provide satisfaction to our desires? Because no one is able to produce a great work of art without experience, nor achieve a worldly position immediately, nor be a great lover at the first attempt; and in the interval between initial failure and subsequent success, in the gap between who we wish one day to be and who we are at present, must come pain, anxiety, envy and humiliation.


They force us to fart and burp, and to abandon sensible plans in order to lie in bed with people, sweating and letting out intense sounds reminiscent of coyotes calling out to one another across the barren wastes of the American deserts.

The dichotomy between normal and abnormal, adequate and inadequate is a false one.

It has not taught us to seek virtue and consolatiosn embrace wisdom: We should meditate on death and disaster daily to temper unrealistic hopes, anticipations and expectations and thus avoid metaphysical shocks. Vintage; Reprint edition April 3, Language: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options.

As such, Alain de Button follows the example of Socrates in trying to make philosophy accessible to anyone with a taste for it and Boethius in showing us that philosophy can bring us to a higher understating of existence by providing us with the mental equipment needed for a more rigorous contemplation of the our experience of existence. The cruel evil empress of the world herself, Fortune, intervenes in our lives too often. The philosopher did not have to spell out the parallels.

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Philosophy, at its best, provides resources for thinking about living. I was wandering through the upper gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as one does when one has a few hours to while away before catching a London flight, when my eye was taken by a painting of the death of Socrates.


Take comfort and treat botyon easy popular opinions and conventional wisdom with the skepticism that they deserve. Popular opinion is often as mistaken as it is held to be certain and common sense is too common to be of any value.

Just call it The Little Book of Calm for the chattering classes. I was given the name Dr. Get to Know Us. See all reviews. What I present here is a quick summary of the consolations offered. This I think is unfortunate. The process by which these things occur, or do not occur, is ephemeral and unreal as it is only perceived by us as philoskphy through time.

De Botton deconstructed the principal concepts of these philosophers down to their essence. The critical reception for Consolations has been primarily positive. Hadn’t I known acute difficulties in my life? What role do you see philosophy assuming in the 21st century?

Jonathan Learwriting in the New York Times said: We should therefore divert our attention away from the presence of unpopularity to lhilosophy explanations for it.

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Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. First published by Coonsolations Hamilton insubsequent publications onwards have been by Penguin Books. In a flash of inspiration, I thought of Nietzsche, the patron saint of difficulties.


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