The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton

(Mar 2000)



Alain de Botton 



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March 2000

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The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton <a href ="javascript:newsmallwindow('http://www.alaindebotton.com/')">Alain de Botton</a> has set six of the finest minds in the history of philosophy to work on the problems of everyday life. Here then are <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/socrates'>Socrates</a>, <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/epicurus'>Epicurus</a>, <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/seneca'>Seneca</a>, <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/michel-de-montaigne'>Montaigne</a>, <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/arthur-schopenhauer'>Schopenhauer</a> and <a href ='http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/nietzsche'>Nietzsche</a> 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.

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