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A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success
Based on a legendary TED talk (downloaded one million times), Alain de Botton discusses our ideas of success in the modern world, and argues that we are all perhaps both more and less successful than we tend to think. An entertaining, wise, and witty tour around the pressure to be "a success."
The Modern World of Work
Drawing on his acclaimed book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton considers what makes the modern workplace so challenging, how we strive to find meaning in what we do, and why colleagues is both infuriating and hugely important. Mixing history, psychology, and philosophy, this is a talk to console and inspire.
The Consolations of Philosophy
Philosophy is often seen as a dry and obscure subject, but in this talk, Alain de Botton shows how the great philosophers remain important guides to our contemporary lives. Taking in great names from Socrates to Nietzsche, this talk will inform as well as heal. Based on the bestselling book The Consolations of Philosophy.

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