The Consolations of Philosophy

By Alain de Botton
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6.05 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: he has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems. From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. For the agony of not having enough money, Epicurus has a solution that everyone can afford. If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche. The Consolations of Philosophy is smart, lucid, and pleasing, a rare sort of book that wonderfully fulfills the promise of its title.

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Summary

Alain de Botton has performed a stunning feat: he has transformed arcane philosophy into something accessible and entertaining, useful and kind. Drawing on the work of six of the world’s most brilliant thinkers, de Botton has arranged a panoply of wisdom to guide us through our most common problems.

From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. For the agony of not having enough money, Epicurus has a solution that everyone can afford. If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche. The Consolations of Philosophy is smart, lucid, and pleasing, a rare sort of book that wonderfully fulfills the promise of its title.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There is a need for someone to bring that joyful activity of mind we call philosophy to the wider reading public. And de Botton…writes with verve.” New York Times Book Review
“Thanks to the author’s characteristically whimsical and lucid style, the book does offer more than a refresher course in basic philosophy. Consolations, like Proust before it, is downright delightful to read.” Time Out New York
“A fine introduction to the world of philosophy.” Newsweek
“Thank heavens for Alain de Botton…[He] breezily, humorously, incisively…puts his readers at ease, without a hint of condescension.” Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
“De Botton, genial, accurate, humane guide to the thinkers at hand, has written a rich and useful book.” Washington Post Book Review
“The quietly ironic style and eclectic approach will gratify many postmodern readers…an enjoyable read with ‘a few consoling and practical things’ to say.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton is the author of numerous nonfiction books, including The Consolations of Philosophy and Status Anxiety. His work has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Washington, DC, and London, where he is an associate research fellow of the philosophy program of the University of London, School of Advanced Study.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 6.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English