Editorial Reviews. Review. “It is common,” Alain de Botton writes in The Consolations of Philosophy, “to assume that we are dealing with a highly. 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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If your life is beset by difficulty after difficulty, wise advice may be found in the words of Nietzsche.

The Consolations of Philosophy – Alain de Botton

We cannot find the in philosophy the consolation offered by religion. Sadly I could only afford three of them, but does not Epicurus teach us that it is OK not to have enough money?

A belief that everything will go well or as planned is the surest road to frustration. 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 philosoohy 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.

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Artists and philosophers not only show us what we have felt, they present our experiences more poignantly and intelligently than we have been able; they give shape to aspects of our lives that we recognise as our own, yet could never have understood so clearly on our own. Temper your expectations and you will reduce your frustration level. What I ultimately found to be one of the most important and moving aspects of “Consolations of Philosophy” was the fact that Nietzsche, in spite of his hardships and loneliness — Did not allow his vision to be influenced by pessimism this notion being stressed by de Botton in this book.


A necessary read for people who love philosophy and don’t know where to begin Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. A few critics have been negative.

That is the thread that connects them back to Socrates — even if they are not alainn to follow him into the marketplace — and that is the thread that The Consolations of Philosophy cuts. We seem afflicted by the opposite tendency: If you decide for the former and desire to diminish and lower the philosopny of human pain, you also have to diminish and lower the level of their capacity for joy.

And as several other Amazon reviewers have mentioned, this work functions as both an introduction to philosophy — As o as a self-help book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Envy may lead to bitterness, or to a decision to compete with a rival and the production of a masterpiece. 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 cpnsolations our desires?

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The consolation is that often a desirable result must start with an undesirable beginning. The Consolations of Philosophy. Five philosophers does not a book or TV series make. From the frustration of misplacing your keys to the sadness of losing a loved one, the writings of Seneca can offer consolation. The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining.

And if you really are pressed – the digested read, digested: Thus, there is nothing in life that one should be sorry for boyton lost or never having gained. Even so, I sometimes feel frustrated when things don’t go my way.

Pages with related products. This man is NOT me. Not everything which hurts may be bad.

In Consolationsde Botton attempts to console the reader through everyday problems or at least help them to understand them by extensively quoting and interpreting a number of philosophers.

For some strange reason, I think of a broken heart.

The Consolations of Philosophy

What I present here is a quick summary of the consolations offered. We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

We will suffer in the course of overcoming difficulty and this is necessary as well as unavoidable and even desirable. Philosophy books Alain de Alxin.