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Free download ´ The Consolations of Philosophy Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Alain de Botton Ô 2 Read The Consolations of Jane Austen The New York Through the trials of new motherhood and the loss of a parent Rachel Cohen read the English novelist exclusively “Austen Years” is her memoir of the experience The Four Consolations of the Holy Spirit Consolations may come in one of these four unexpected ways which often seem like aspects of desolation than comfort As with many aspects of the Christian life sufferings and joys mingle together so that they become indistinguishable from each other All of life is bittersweet And it is good Tagged as Best of Week consolation holy spirit Luis Martinez By Jeannie Ewing Jeannie The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton The Consolations of Philosophy Alain de Botton The Consolations of Philosophy is a nonfiction book by Alain de Botton First published by Hamish Hamilton in The title of the book is a reference to Boethius's magnum opus Consolation of Philosophy in which philosophy appears as an allegorical figure to Boethius to console him in the year he was imprisoned leading up to his impending THE CONSOLATIONS OF CHRIST THE CONSOLATIONS OF CHRIST September by Dr Mike Bagwell The first Paragraph of Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians has always intrigued As I went through the book I was unable to make up my mind whether it was a work on philosophy masuerading as a self help book to reach a wide audience or if it was a pretentious self help book with aspirations to be a book on deep philosophyEven after I finished it I am not sure how to judge it Should I judge it harshly for picking and choosing among the works of these great philosophers to fit them into the narrow framework that Botton has drawn for them and thus making them draw his yoke Or should I be lenient that Botton makes lofty thoughts so accessible by dragging them down and tethering them to the normal privations of men and offering consolations for the sameThe title is of course a brilliant one and almost irresistible Not original maybe as Boethius has already used it but Boethius was a private consolation with his own philosophy personified as a woman while Botton offers up his philosopher s thoughts for a public audience for his reader s consolation I am no judge on which was the effective work as I am yet to read the original workAs for the book itself Botton tries hard to make it entertaining and relevant and uses almost a bullet point like efficiency to ensure that he can pack everything into an airport size bookThe framework of the book is to use the wisdom of six philosophers almost in chronological order to offer consolations for some of the common maladies that afflict the average person The fact that he spends time and pages detailing out the lives of the philosophers should not deter from the fact that he does manage to stick admirably to the overall structure of the book and does offer a coherent seuence and logic of consolations Consolation For Unpopularity Botton uses the example and philosophy of Socrates and his life to illustrate that the judgement of others should have no real bearing on how we judge ourselves This is not to say that we should count ourselves superior by being in the minority No the real message is that the weight of numbers supporting any argument or moral standpoint has nothing to do with the real strength of that position Only reason should guide us in our judgements of ourselves and of others In the hatred unfairly directed towards an innocent philosopher we recognize an echo of the hurt we ourselves encounter at the hands of those who are either unable or unwilling to do us justice But if your reason tells us we are right we should stick to our beliefs and we might be redeemed as Socrates was by the very people who condemned him and be consoled by the prospect of posterity s verdict Consolation For Not Having Enough Money What is wealth Is it mere material wealth or is it anything that provides us real happiness These were the uestions that Epicurus grappled with His answer was that just as we are not capable of judging what is good for our physical body and would gladly gorge ourselves with unhealthy food to the point of death as a lot of us do so we are not capable of judging what is truly good for our souls for our lifeI want to belabor this point If left to ourselves and our instinctive tastes we would find no reason to refrain from consuming as much as we can of everything that tastes good and this only leads to a decay in bodily health It takes an expert opinion and self control to be able to give up this unhealthy habit and adopt a moderate and healthy diet that allows us much better healthEpicurus says that we similarly gorge on money and all the other pleasurable thing sin life and jump head long into the rat race thinking that is important But only deep reflection can show us that it is a bad for our spiritual well being and health as all that good food is for our bodily health So he says pleasure is the ultimate goal of life but what gives you true pleasure can only be found by deep reflection So what should we dedicate all our energies to if we want a happy lifeWe should find Friendship good companionship association with people who recognize our true nature with all our defects is what we really need in fact all our mad scramble after money and power is just a manifestation of our need to be esteemed and listened to by our fellow beings We may seek a fortune for no reason but to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us But do we need money to get them to respect us Would not a true friend value every word of yours and respect you even if you were penniless The second most important constituent of happiness is Freedom the freedom to be ourselves This eventually connects back to being with people who will accept us as us Epicurus and his friends made a radical innovation In order not to have to work for people they didn t like and answer to potentially humiliating whims they removed themselves from employment in the commercial world of Athens We must free ourselves from the prison of everyday affairs and polities and began what could best have been described as a commune accepting a simpler way of life in exchange for independence They would have less money but would never again have to follow the commands of odious superiorsSimplicity did not affect the friends sense of status because by distancing themselves from the values of Athens they had ceased to judge themselves on a material basis There was no need to be embarrassed by bare walls and no benefit in showing off gold Among a group of friends living outside the political and economic centre of the city there was in the financial sense nothing to proveSo Happiness an acuisition list1 A hut 2 Friends 3 To avoid superiors patronization infighting and competition 4 Thought 5 Art Happiness may indeed be difficult to attain The obstacles are not primarily financial Consolation For Frustration All frustration arises from a faulty view of the world says Lucius Annaeus Seneca We are frustrated because we expect the world to behave in a particular way and then reality turns out to be different the Great Stoic philosopher advises us to be always aware that the worst scenario is always possible and to be prepared for it so that when it does happen we are ready for it and will not descend into anger shock anxiety or despair all of which are marks of an unprepared mind that was not in tune with reality Correct your worldview to accept the fact that reality is cruel and thus find escape from these common frustrations This does not mean that you should accept everything you may struggle mightily to avoid the misfortune but you just need to be aware of its possibility to be not prey to anger grief and other frustrations Consolation For Inadeuacy Michel de Montaigne consoles us about the ultimately human nature of us all We have to accept that we are not perfect no one ever was Once we accept that every inadeuacy we find so appalling in ourselves is shared by millions and is one of the side effects of being human and being alive we will learn to be less embarrassed by them and can live a fulfilling life Consolation For Heartbreak The nerve to invoke the greatest pessimist of the western world to console heartbroken young WerthersBut it is Arthur Schopenhauer who is being called upon to give advice on how to deal with rejection and broken love affairs Schopenhauer s famous will to life theory which modern readers might as well read as a sort of natural selection through conditioned unconscious eugenics states that we are controlled in who we find attractive and lovable by a great force of nature which is concerned only with the need to propagate the species It is not concerned with our happiness and often than not we will end up with people who are our anti thesis and inconducive to our happiness So a happy marriage is a statistical anomaly and unnatural rather than something we can naturally expect So if and when you find yourself a Young Werther with a broken heart or a girl for that matter understand that it is not you who were rejected but it was just that the union was not approved by the good of the species by the will to power or natural selection This might sound like an artificial explanation but think about it please it is all just genetics Consolation For Difficulties Finally Friedrich Nietzsche makes his grand entry and gives The Ultimate Consolation You do not need consolations in life All life s difficulties are to be embraced So accept your unpopularity poverty inadeuacy frustrations heart breaks and every sorrow as necessary to become the best you can be If you do not have these difficulties you will be a mindless creature without knowledge of life Use all this grief and the ills of life to forge a character and life that is noble and grand Your greatest gifts are your difficultiesDisclaimer I have modified the views expressed in this review from that in the book to match my own understanding of these philosophers at times especially for Nietzsche At other times I have reproduced the core message of the book without modification I have not distinguished the two as the original works of all these great minds are always available to anyone who finds any disparity between this review and their own convictions I have done justice neither to this book nor to the philosophers in this review and would ask you to pursue them further if you find it interesting I will try to do a comprehensive review of Will Durant s The Story of Philosophy as a counterpoint to this simplistic interpretation of multi faceted thoughts

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Free download ´ The Consolations of Philosophy Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Alain de Botton Ô 2 Read Me It is LOADED with encouragement But this morning I have seen a “new” well “fresh” is a better word truth sparkling within its Sentences I am excited too “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us so our consolation The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton The Consolations of Philosophy is a book as accessibly erudite as it is useful and entertaining About The Consolations of Philosophy From the author of How Proust Can Change Your Life a delightful truly consoling work that proves that philosophy can be a supreme source of help for our most painful everyday problems Perhaps only Alain de Botton could uncover practical wisdom in the Consolations definition of consolations by The Define consolations consolations synonyms consolations pronunciation consolations translation English dictionary definition of consolations n a The act or an instance of consoling b The state of being consoled One that consoles; a comfort Your kindness was a consolation to me in my Consolations definition of consolations by The Free Dictionary The consolations of isolation – The Power of Not The consolations of isolation Simon; June ; uotes; “Isolation offered its own form of companionship the reliable sile Alain de Botton is on a uest for perspectiveHis first outing How Proust Can Change Your Life brought that legendary figure front and center in an engaging study of the Proustian approach to the universe with special attention paid to insights useful enough to assist us in navigating the world today Having tested those waters and determined them sufficiently warm de Botton has moved on from Marcel to the far ambitious and dustier sextet of Socrates Epicurus Seneca Montaigne Schopenhauer and Nietzscheall in an apparent search for consolationPause for amusement That changing your life via Proust can result in the need for consolation seems worth a wry little grinWhile I don t put much stock in de Botton s advice on the self help front the good news is that s rarely than five percent of the content of these books The other ninety five invariably contains the nifty reconstitution of a prominent personality in all its baseline complexity talents accomplishments fallibilities habitual tics the shrewish wife the impotence the succession of poodles The six philosophers featured here are brought back to life in a genuinely personable way and this makes them interesting More than that it makes them human And that makes de Botton s modest volume an excellent spot to enter into the field we work so hard to keep on avoidingI mean c mon You ve got Plato in one hand and anything else in the other You tell me which winsThis was pleasant And painless If you re of a mind Dig in

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Free download ´ The Consolations of Philosophy Í PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Alain de Botton Ô 2 Read Nce of her rooms the steadfast tranuility of the evenings The promise that she would find things where she put them that there would be no interruption no surprise It greeted her at the end of each day and lay still with her at night She had no wish to Consolation Wikipedia Consolation consolement and solace are terms referring to psychological comfort given to someone who has suffered severe upsetting loss such as the death of a loved one It is typically provided by expressing shared regret for that loss and highlighting the hope for positive events in the future Consolation is an important topic arising in history the arts philosophy and psychology Seneca's Consolations Wikipedia The Consolations are part of Seneca’s Treatises commonly called Dialogues or Dialogi These works clearly contain essential principles of Seneca’s Stoic teachings Although they are personal addresses of Seneca these works are written like essays than personal letters of consolation Further although each essay is particular in its address of consolation the tone of these CONSOLATION | meaning in the Cambridge English consolation definition something that makes someone who is sad or disappointed feel better something that makes Lea Arthur Schopenhauer once said When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet or novel or poem is making a great commotion you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public A precondition for reading good books isn t reading bad ones for life is shortI can only imagine cheery old Schopster had this kind of fluff in mind when he wrote that down This book is garbage and I could go on for hours about how terrible Alain De Bottom is with his fraudulent self help philosophy but I won t because some smarter people than me already have urge you not to buy this book I made the mistake when I was 17 but you don t have to I am also utterly shocked that Roger Scruton has a positive review uoted on the back of this as well

  • Hardcover
  • 272
  • The Consolations of Philosophy
  • Alain de Botton
  • English
  • 17 June 2018
  • 9780679442769