Alain De Botton

Is News Ruining Our Lives?

Jon Snow | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Jon Snow

We are amid the greatest revolution human life has ever known - the liberation of communication - in the hands of the many as well as that dangerous few. Yes of course the danger is there - the danger that what we call news maybe hijacked, distorted, lied about, propogandised. But today I argue that we stand at the dawn of the golden age of what we have come to describe as journalism. The mediation of information by individuals, collectives, groups, whom WE have the very individual powers to choose.

The News: A Users Manual - Interview With Alain De Botton

Jack Kenyon | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Kenyon

"We don't interpret things at all. We let them wash over us. It's like a cult, like a religion... In the developed economies, the news now occupies a position of power at least equal to that formerly enjoyed by the faiths. Here, too, we hope to receive revelations, learn who is good and bad, fathom suffering and understand the unfolding logic of existence. "

Philosopher Alain De Botton Asks What's The Point Of News?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

Philosopher and author Alain de Botton's narrates a five-minute film for Newsnight, questioning the point of broadcasting and publishing current affai...

'Businesses Need Philosophers To Help Them With 'Fluffy' Words'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK

Businesses should employ philosophers to help them deal with "fluffy" corporate language, author and philosopher Alain de Botton said. De Botton s...

The Problem With the Art Establishment

Alain de Botton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alain de Botton

The modern world thinks of art as very important, something close to the meaning of life. The symptoms of this elevated regard include the opening of new museums, the channelling of significant government resources towards the production and display of art, the desire on the part of the guardians of art to expand 'access' to works (especially for the benefit of children and minority groups), the prestige of academic art theory and the high valuations of the commercial art market.

People to Unfollow

Nimrod Kamer | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Tech
Nimrod Kamer

Unfollowing celebs is relieving. You can unfollow politicians, models, dèbuc*nts, socïalites, scientists and performance artists. Not only you get to deny yourself of the mental agony that is reading their tweets, you also get to mend your following-followers ratio. That's basic tweeconomics: less people you follow the more intently popular you are at home.

10 Commandments To Live A Healthy Life

Sam Feltham | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Feltham

On Monday I was watching BBC Breakfast with philosopher Alain de Botton, where he was talking about his 10 virtues for atheists. It was a great interview in which he was explaining that in life it's important to reflect and decide on what constitutes a virtuous life. This lead me to think up my 10 commandments to live a healthy life for people to ponder over.

'The Manifesto For Atheists'

PA | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home

Writer Alain de Botton has created a list of guidelines for atheists. The best-selling author said he was unveiling his Manifesto for Atheists in a...

Fidelity Is a Fairytale

Helen Croydon | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Croydon

Now, more than at any other time, we need to adopt a more flexible approach to coupledom. Yet as the world allows for increasingly autonomous lifestyles, we tighten the reins on our spouses.

Fulfilment at Work - More Important Than Sex and Bin Bags?

Simon Harper | Posted 28.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Harper

As someone who has spent four years exploring other people's fulfilment-at-work as part of a business model, it can all seem rather shifting and nebulous. However, I'm increasingly convinced that the foundation for fulfilment is actually quite simple - a sense of autonomy.

Philosopher To Launch Porn Site

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.05.2012 | UK

A philosopher is setting out to conquer 'brutish stupid' porn by launching a website featuring 'nobler' erotica. Despite the popularity of books su...

Alain de Botton's Desert Island Books

Marissa Chen | Posted 09.05.2012 | Home
Marissa Chen

I'd happily burn all of Thackeray. It's simply not funny or especially revelatory.

Humanity Can Overcome Technology

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Whatever your politics, however much of a geek you are, you have to have faith that human beings can rise above technology and touch people with meaning and with soul. For, if not, what is there to live for?

Alain De Botton Calls For Atheist Temple, Prompting Spat With Richard Dawkins

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK

Philosopher Alain de Botton is calling for a network of “atheist temples” to be built around Britain. De Botton’s initial proposal for a £1...

Back to School - An Interview With Alain De Botton

Tana Wojczuk | Posted 05.03.2012 | Home
Tana Wojczuk

To continue the mission of knitting together art and life Alain, together with a group of writers, philosophers, artists and teachers, founded The School of Life. The school's aim, he told me in an interview, is to urge people to ask questions of art and ask those same questions of their life.

Letters to Santa: Our Secret Hopes and Desires

Sorab Shroff | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sorab Shroff

If you could write to a Santa that existed, one who might reward you for being good, what would you ask for? Would you ask for a flat in Sloane Square? Someone to love and care for? Reassurance that we're doing ok, all things considered?

Oak: One Tree, Three Years, Fifty Paintings - an Interview With Artist Stephen Taylor

Martin Newman | Posted 11.02.2012 | Home
Martin Newman

When artist Stephen Taylor's mother and father and an ex love all died within a year of each other, his own life began to unravel. Without fully comprehending what he was doing the artist, now in his 40s, immersed himself in his work and developed an obsession with a single tree - one that would take over his life and define him.