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I was consoled

Advantages: Perfect balance of wit and wisdom
Disadvantages: All dead, white males

...Unpopular? Not enough money? Frustrated? Feeling inadequate? Broken-hearted? Experiencing difficulties? Before you leap into retail therapy, medicating with merlot or making your therapist richer why not try The Consolations of Philosophy as a refreshing ...

researchguru 11.04.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Consolations of Philosophy - Alain de Botton

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Every one has a philosophy.

Advantages: simply to read
Disadvantages: not very deep

It might be unknown by you but every one has a philosophy. A philosophy is what you believe. So if some says "philosophy? What that about then?" You can tell them it is all about thinking like I did to a man in Hyde Park once. There is also a philoso ...

jonkelly 13.06.2006 · Read full review
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Philosophy you can actually read

Advantages: Claer, informative and thought-provoking
Disadvantages: A bit basic for some perhaps

Having enjoyed the Channel Four TV series I bought this book and have to recommend it. Alain De Botton takes the ideas of some of the great philosophers and sets them out in a clear and easily understandable format which crucially puts them into a modern ...

Squonk 14.03.2001 · Read full review
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A new kind of self-help manual

Advantages: very interesting
Disadvantages: none really

...This is a self-help manual. Go into any bookshop today and the shelves are crowded with self-help manuals promising easy fixes for everything from obesity to speaking infront of a crowd. De Botton's book is a welcome change. Instead of the usual manage ...

aprose 11.01.2001 · Read full review
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Postmodern situations, postmodern ideas

Advantages: Helps to highlight philosophical questions
Disadvantages: Sometimes hard to follow because of the format

I read this book first earlier in the year, as part of a seminar on political philosophy. It's relevance came to mind again both as we near the anniversary of September 11, and as the news reports show renewed issues with travel and terrorism between my ...

frkurt 13.08.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida - Giovanna Borradori

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