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Alain de Botton

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Alain de Botton is the best-selling author of How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) and The Art of Travel (2002). Status Anxiety was published in April 2004, accompanied by a three-part television series on Channel 4.

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2014

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The News: A User’s Manual looks at the peculiar place that “the news” occupies in our lives. de Botton notes that we invest it with an authority which used to be the preserve of religion. But what does it do for us? Mixing current affairs with philosophy, de Botton offers a guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the “noise” it generates.

2009

Sunday, 1 March 2009

We spend much of our lives at work – but surprisingly little gets written about what makes work both one of the most exciting and most painful of all our activities. Alain de Botton came to Jewish Book Week to present his ninth book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. This is an exploration of the joys and perils of the modern workplace, evoking what other people get up to all day – and night – to make the frenzied contemporary world function.

2004

Wednesday, 3 March 2004

There are few more powerful desires than the wish to be thought of as a success, worthy of dignity and respect. We long for status and dread its opposite. But such aspirations and anxieties are rarely spoken about, or at least not without sarcasm, embarrassment or condemnation. In Status Anxiety (2004) leading philosopher Alain de Botton tackles our worries about status, success and failure.

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