Alain de Botton is a renowned philosopher and international bestselling author of Religion for Atheists. His lectures are as revelatory and engaging as novels and works of nonfiction, and he speaks frequently at venues worldwide.
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"It was a marvelous night and [Alain] was a wonderful and engaging speaker and dinner partner. The only drawback was that he was here for so short a time.... We've never had such a friendly warm, engaging speaker and he got rave reviews from all. And many remarked on his impressive intellect. Others thought he was just great."
"de Botton examines excerpts of contemporary news, mixing them with philosophical observations about the impact the news has on us, why we rely on it so heavily, and how it impacts the way in which we see the world."—Huffington Post
Based on a legendary TED talk (downloaded 1million times), Alain de Botton discusses our ideas of success in the modern world, and argues that we're perhaps all 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.