The Consolations of Philosophy
by Alain de Botton
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Les Consolations de la Philosophie by Alain de Botton is internationally recognized as a guide to life.Alain de Botton, author of the bestseller Comment Proust Peut Changer Votre Vie, has put six of the best minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday lifeSo here are, Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on some of the things that bother us all: lack of money, the pain of love, inadequacy, anxiety, fear of failure and pressure to conformReason, on his own, took Botton’s philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose: to help us live our lives “Independent” there is no doubt, philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is his Colonel Tom ParkerA pleasure to readAnd good writing, like good philosophy, is always a consolation from John Banville, Irish Times “Few discussions about great philosophers can have been as entertainingan ingenious and imaginative book “Humphrey Carpenter, witty, caring, fun Sunday Timesan elegant book, which manages to make philosophy both pleasant and relevant’ Anthony Claire, Revue Littéraire ” Gentil, serviable et humaineBotton’s instinct is surely right: if we want to bring philosophy to life, we need to re-examine those thinkers who asked not to be intelligent or paradoxical, but simply wise ” Roger Scruton, Mail on Sunday
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