Les religions sont trop utiles, trop efficaces et trop intelligentes pour être abandonnées aux seuls croyants. Envisagées comme sagesses à l'usage de tous, elles engendrent des sentiments de communauté humaine, encouragent la vertu et luttent contre le matérialisme de la société de consommation.Au lieu de moquer les religions, athées et agnostiques feraient mieux de « piller » les bonnes idées dont elles regorgent. Mêlant la plus grande impiété et le plus grand respect, Alain de Botton ouvre la voie avec un humour, une finesse et une perspicacité remarquables, nous invitant à jouir de tous les outils de connaissance de soi que les religions ont élaborés au fil des siècles.
Qu'est-ce qu'un bel édifice ? Quelle influence peut avoir l'architecture sur notre humeur ? Une maison peut-elle apporter le bien-être ou la sérénité ? Dans la plupart de ses livres, Alain de Botton s'intéresse à notre bonheur et cherche les moyens de nous rendre la vie plus harmonieuse. Il se penche ici sur notre cadre de vie et sur l'architecture des lieux où nous vivons et travaillons. En quoi l'un et l'autre influent sur notre mode de pensée, nos comportements, notre existence au quotidien, tel est le sujet de L'Architecture du bonheur. Avec une éblouissante érudition (et beaucoup d'humour), Alain de Botton nous entraîne à travers le monde, de Paris à Tokyo, de Londres à Brasilia, à la recherche de la maison idéale.
C'est l'histoire d'une passion.
Celle du narrateur pour Chloé, rencontrée par hasard à bord d'un vol Paris-Londres. Le hasard fait-il bien les choses ? A partir de cette situation simple et prometteuse, Alain de Botton décortique une relation amoureuse à la lumière d'éminents philosophes : Platon, Pascal, Nietzsche, mais aussi Groucho Marx et quelques autres... Un véritable traité de l'amour en Occident aujourd'hui.
This work tackles common human problems, illuminated by the writings of a key figure in the history of philosophy. "Consolation for Unpopularity" is offered by Socrates, "Anxiety" by Epicurus, "Anger" by Seneca, "Pride" by Montaigue, "Depression" by Schopenhauer, and "Timidity" by Nietzsche.
The essential guide to how to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century - f rom Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love Discover this comprehensive guide to the modern art of emotional intelligence We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we're never taught is how to live a fulfilled life. That's why we need The School of Life - a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. The School of Life has one simple aim: to equip people with the tools to survive and thrive in the modern world. And the most important of these tools is emotional intelligence. This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including: - how to understand yourself - how to master the dilemmas of relationships - how to become more effective at work - how to endure failure - how to grow more serene and resilient The School of Life is nothing short of a crash course in emotional maturity. With all the trademark wit and elegance of Alain de Botton's other writings, and rooted in practical, achievable advice, it show us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve. Praise for Alain de Botton: 'What he has managed to do is remarkable: to help us think better so that we may live better lives' Irish Times 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence' Observer
SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER A brilliant new novel about love and marriage in the modern world - from the author the bestselling novel Essays in Love Modern love is never easy. Society is obsessed with stories of romance, but what comes after happily ever after? This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious, painful, and entirely un-Romantic. It is a love story for the modern world, chronicling the daily intimacies, the blazing rows, the endless tiny gestures that make up a life shared between two people. Moving and deeply insightful, The Course of Love offers us a window into essential truths about the nature of love.
A sly self-help manual for the bookworm distills from the life and work of Marcel Proust--particularly
This title takes us on a journey through the satisfactions and disappointments of travelling. Dealing with such topics as airports, exotic carpets and mini-bars it reveals the hidden motivations, expectations and complications of our voyages into the wide world.
For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries.
B>'De Botton is a national treasure.' - Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black/b>b>With an introduction by Sheila Heti/b>b>A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind./b>Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood.With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.
Un roman philosophique sur les moments importants de la vie amoureuse notamment la quête balbutiante de l'âme soeur durant l'enfance, le fantasme de l'inconnu, le début de l'histoire d'amour, la première fois, à travers l'histoire de deux personnages.
Nous entendons souvent parler de l'importance de l'art, mais on en explique rarement les raisons. Alain de Botton et John Armstrong estiment que art peut aider à résoudre les dilemmes les plus intimes et quotidiens : pourquoi le travail n'est-il pas plus épanouissant ? pourquoi la vie des autres semble-t-elle tellement plus excitante ? comment avoir de meilleures relations de couple ? pourquoi politique est-elle si déprimante ? Cet ouvrage ente une nouvelle manière d'aborder l'art, me une forme de thérapie capable d'apporter ',liions convaincantes à de nombreux problèmes de la vie.
Takes the reader on a tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design. Looking at buildings across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers, this title examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, as well as offering philosophical insights.
In a novel that explores the realities of "being in love," two young people meet on a plane to Paris and embark on a love affair based on what they perceive as destiny. A first novel. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
Looks at the manic and peculiar positions that 'the news' occupies in our lives. Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, this title offers an illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates.
From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer.
Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his midtwenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and prctices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soulrelated needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.
From the Hardcover edition.
Alain de Botton nous le certifie : Proust peut changer notre vie.
En neuf chapitres savoureux, l'auteur nous entraîne dans la vie, la correspondance et l'oeuvre de l'écrivain pour en extraire de formidables leçons de vie. Une façon audacieuse et érudite de relire celui qui avait toujours froid, qui passa quatorze années au fond d'un lit à écrire A la recherche du temps perdu et qui avait peur des souris plus que des bombes.
Looks at the psychology of men and women in love, as it portrays a modern relationship between Alice and Eric. Some of the themes explored include the question of knowing one's partner in a relationship, the issue of power between people, and the link between love, sex and shopping.
Discover everything you were never taught at school about how to lead a better life... Introduced and edited by the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel and The Course of Love''Alain de Botton likes to take big, complex subjects and write about them with thoughtful and deceptive innocence'' Observer We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we''re never taught is how to live a fulfilled life. That''s why we need The School of Life - a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. The School of Life has one simple aim: to equip people with the tools to survive and thrive in the modern world. And the most important of these tools is emotional intelligence.This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including: - how to understand yourselfbr>- how to master the dilemmas of relationshipsbr>- how to become more effective at work br>- how to endure failurebr>- how to grow more serene and resilient The School of Life is nothing short of a crash course in emotional maturity. With all the trademark wit and elegance of Alain de Botton''s other writings, and rooted in practical, achievable advice, it show us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve.>