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Alain de Botton

Philosopher, Entrepreneur & Author

One of Europe's most recognised philosophers, Alain de Botton writes essayistic books that have been described as a "philosophy of everyday life". His books have been best-sellers in 30 countries. Alain has also opened a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.

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In detail

In 2009, he was a founding member of an architectural organization called "Living Architecture". Later that year, de Botton was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, in recognition of his services to architecture. He is a frequent contributor to numerous newspapers, journals and magazines and is a member of the Arts Council of England's literature panel. He was an extremely popular speaker at TEDGlobal 2009.

What he offers you

Acclaimed philosopher, Alain de Botton masterfully combines philosophy with pragmatism. He offers a kinder, gentler philosophy of success, giving us a great lesson on how to relate to ourselves, and how to relax counter-productive emotions. Alain makes a convincing case how to find true pleasure in our work and skilfully raises the big questions we all tend to ask of our work. His goal is to help clients understand "how to live wisely and well".

How he presents

With a philosophical eye and his characteristic combination of wit and wisdom, Alain de Botton's humorous, articulate and eye opening talks are given with an elegance philosophers might envy.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Find Your Creative Fire!
  • A Kinder and Gentler Philosophy for Success
  • The Art of Travel
  • The Beauty and Ugliness of Architecture

Books and publications

  • 2009
    The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
  • 2008
    The Architecture of Happiness
  • 2006
    On Love: A Novel
  • 2005
    Status Anxiety
  • 2001
    The Consolations of Philosophy

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