Alain de Botton is a renowned philosopher and international bestselling author of How Proust Can Save Your Life. His lectures are as revelatory and engaging as novels and works of nonfiction, and he speaks frequently at venues worldwide.
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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.