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Alain De Botton

It's Becoming

Francis Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 ...

Why Your Sex Life Isn't 'Normal'

Posted 01.14.2013 | Books

Alain de Botton's latest book How To Think More About Sex has an eye-catching title, and is an intelligent discussion of society's greatest obsession....

What's So Funny About Peace, Kindness and Understanding?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Advertisers have long used human emotions to sell soap, cigarettes, and cars. So why not create campaigns that serve society's higher ideals and do it from within the same agencies that have long been vilified?

Philosopher Wants To Make High-Brow Porn

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home

In a world where the overtly sexual novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" can dominate the cultural landscape -- and the best-seller lists -- it seemed likely ...

The Week's Best Tweets About Parenting

Posted 05.04.2012 | Parents

What were parents talking about on Twitter this week? Well, nudity, for one thing. And the fact that Jessica Simpson finally gave birth. Not to mentio...

Do Atheists Have Anything To Learn From Religion?

Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

By Kimberly Winston Religion News Service (RNS) Stripped of its supernatural elements, does religion have anything to offer atheists? What can non...

Alain de Botton: In Conversation

Trisha Andres | Posted 05.25.2012 | Books
Trisha Andres

Photo credit: Charlotte de Botton The age-old wars against religion is moved on by philosopher Alain de Botton's bold statement that religion can be...

A Mind Safari with Stargazer Not Vital

Kisa Lala | Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts
Kisa Lala

By Kiša Lala Artist Not Vital in Agadez, Niger - Mekafoni. Camel, 2003 - Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater Gallery New York Rais...

The Sad, Silly Idea Of 'Religion for Atheists'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.13.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.

Atheists And The F-Word

David Lose | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
David Lose

The values that guide both our everyday and extraordinary ethical decisions are just that: values, not facts. Values are philosophical or religious speculation about what should be.

Coming Soon: Atheist Church?

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 03.26.2012 | Religion

Atheists have long criticised devout followers of faith. But now it seems Atheism is stealing from that very religious tradition by erecting a temple ...

Philip Pullman, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alexander McCall Smith And Others On Bad Reviews, Their Favorite Authors And More

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We asked some of the leading authors at this year's Guardian Hay festival a series of questions. Here are their answers...

How to Hotel

Chip Conley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Chip Conley

Delivering on guests' needs alone doesn't capture the magic that makes a hotel legendary. Great hotels reflect place, and provide the ultimate civic living room for locals to mix it up with visitors.

Alain de Botton To Be Heathrow Airport's Writer-in-Residence

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

LONDON — Heathrow Airport has hired a writer-in-residence to chronicle the modern travel experience in hopes of showing frazzled passengers ther...