The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton (Paperback, 2001)

The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton (Paperback, 2001) The Consolations of Philosophy is Alain de Botton's internationally bestselling guide to lifeAlain de Botton bestselling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life Here then 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; the fear of failure and the pressure to conform'Singlehandedly de Botton has taken philosophy back to its simplest and most important purpose helping us live our lives' Independent'No doubt about it philosophy is the new rock and roll and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker A pleasure to read And good writing like good philosophy is always a consolation' John Banville Irish Times'Few discussions on the great philosophers can have been so entertaining an ingenious imaginative book' Humphrey Carpenter Sunday Times'Witty thoughtful entertaining a stylish book which manages to make philosophy both enjoyable and relevant' Anthony Clare Literary Review'Gentle helpful and humane De Botton's instinct is surely right if we are to bring philosophy to life we should look again at those thinkers who have sought to be not clever or paradoxical but simply wise' Roger Scruton Mail on Sunday
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