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Alain De Botton

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

The Deepest Truth About Love: A Response to Alain de Botton

Paul Wallace | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Paul Wallace

What he is saying is that love is in fact an illusion, but we must, in fact, live like it's not. We must live like there's something more than physics, because life cannot be endured for the sake of mere endurance.

A Digital 'Wailing Wall' Sends Your Anonymous Thoughts To The World

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts

The Wailing Wall is a 187-foot ancient wall located in the Old City of Jerusalem. In Judaism, the site is believed to be the only remnant of the...

A City in Flow Motion: An Architecture Cruise Through Space and Time

Jack Skelley | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Jack Skelley

Perhaps most notable are London's iconic new skyscrapers popularly renamed for their shapes. The Shard is the Renzo Piano-designed 87-storey sheath piercing the sky. (And shattering sales records, reportedly, for its condominium apartments.)

Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

Greg Garrett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

By bringing together a group of people gathered not because of their age, race, occupation, or wealth but because of their commitment to shared values and experience, the liturgy breaks down the divisions between us.

Where Fashion, Pop Art and Perspective Meet Performance

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 02.07.2015 | Style
Jocelyn Jeffery

Philip Colbert created fashion label The Rodnik Band, which plays with pop art to create dresses that replicate artwork like Marcel Duchamp's Urinal.

Inside The World Of Misemployment

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

Whenever unemployment comes down, even if only very slightly, it sounds like really good news. It’s great that productive forces in the economy are ...

The Psychology Of Color

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

Alongside the notes of the musical keyboard and the letters of the alphabet, colours provide the building blocks of our emotions. It is not for nothin...

This Video Will Help Put Life's Little Stresses In Perspective

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Stress, anxiety and busyness are, unfortunately, a part of everyday life for most of us. When we operate from a place of stress and frantic energy, ev...

The Mysterious Great Philosopher Who Will Teach You All About Daoism

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 10.13.2014 | World

Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also transl...

Why Works Of Art Can Shake Us To Our Core (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

“Art and love are the same thing," the writer Chuck Klosterman wrote in Killing Yourself to Live. "It’s the process of seeing yourself in things t...

When Philosophy Becomes Therapy

The Atlantic | Lauren Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Philosophy has earned a reputation as a complicated, inaccessible, and irrelevant pursuit, consigned mostly to old white men in wood-paneled offices. ...

The Real Reason You're Struggling To Live A Life Of Gratitude (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living

We've all heard the expression, "Happiness is wanting what you have," and can intuitively recognize its wisdom. Why, then, do so many of us struggle t...

It's Becoming

Francis Levy | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What the mathematician John Allen Paulos (Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences) doesn't take into consideration in his recent Scie...

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Advocates of atheism continue to appear, each new wave of thinkers reshaping what has come before. What Philip Kitcher has to say is ultimately neither new nor convincing. He makes the same mistakes that most others make who argue the case for atheism or secular humanism.

Celebratory Travels

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Looking back on my life, I realize I have been lucky to have taken a number of memorable celebratory trips.

Why You Should Sign Off Social Media And Enjoy 'The Brief Time' You Have Left

The Washington Post | Caitlin Dewey | Posted 06.06.2014 | World

Alain de Botton is a beloved (and prolific) pop philosopher, with a shelf-full of books and two very popular TED talks to his name. So when the Swiss-...

5 Great Ideas From the Travel Book That Changed My Life

Hunter Styles | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Hunter Styles

Not many of my friends have heard of Alain de Botton, the author of trim, thoughtful books like How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations o...

Paris Hilton Reads Epicurus

The Philosopher's Mail | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

The Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was one of the world's first and best analysts of the relationship between money and happiness. He was born ...

The Difficulties of Consuming News

Alain de Botton | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Alain de Botton

The modern world is teaching us that there are dynamics far more insidious and cynical still than censorship in draining people of political will; these involve confusing, boring and distracting the majority away from politics by presenting events in such a disorganized, fractured and intermittent way that most of the audience is unable to hold on to the thread of the most important issues for any length of time.

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Business and Philosophy

Alain de Botton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Alain de Botton

Letting philosophers into the boardrooms should lead society to more sophisticated account of what businesses should be doing for us, and by definition, should also help the bottom line. The division between the office and the ivory tower has gone on too long.

How Do You Feel About Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.13.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

It seems logical to me that the same way I try to teach my kids to exercise, sleep well and be good people, I would teach them to have healthy sex and sleep with other good people.

A 24 Hour New York City Subway Ride

Thomas A. Shakely | Posted 06.24.2013 | New York
Thomas A. Shakely

Where I'm heading is everywhere and, well, nowhere. I'm started what on Twitter I'll call #24onMTA, and in real life describe as an experience in endurance. I'm riding the New York City subway for 24 hours straight, with no plan other than to just go.

Harry Styles Wants YOU To Learn About Greek Philosophy

| Posted 02.14.2013 | Teen

By Aja Romano What do you get when you cross modern philosopher Alain de Botton with one of the biggest names in pop music? 20,000 retweets and ...