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The Consolations of Philosophy


The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to life. Alain de Botton, bestselling author of How Proust Can ... Show synopsis

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Making sense of Philosophy

by RobVajko on Apr 23, 2009

Alain De Botton has a gift, namely that of making relevant and easy to understand topics that are not normally tackled by the average layman. In "The Architecture of Happiness" he takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of architecture, showing us why we respond to it the way we do and how much of it is below the level of consciousness. Here, on the other hand, Alain strolls through the world of philosophy, choosing such big names as Socrates, Epicureus, Schopenhauer and others to speak to us about the angst, the fascination and the frustrations of this life by unwrapping for us the way the great philosophers thought about it. Even if you've never taken a philosophy course in your life and generally don't care to, you will find something here to show you that philosophers aren't crazy men with too much time on their hands. Even if they most often get so wordy and complicated that we can not longer follow them, they are ultimately struggling with the very same questions that you and I do. Very readable and good fun!

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