Philosophy--Alain de Boton

Not being a professional philosopher, I have no idea of the standing of Alain de Boton in that field.  However, if one is interested in evaluating his work, one could do worse than to view the six episode Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness, starting here.

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  1. Steven - I was a de Botton-sceptic until I went to a talk he gave to publicise his The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. From that I came away thinking more of the man, perhaps not enough to read one of his books.

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  2. Dear Anthony,

    I actually like de Botton's books--I've read three or four with Proust being my favorite. I just don't know how his reputation stands in philosophical circles. Engaging prose, ideas that are interesting--makes for pleasant enough reading (as nonfiction goes).

    shalom,

    Steven

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  3. "I just don't know how his reputation stands in philosophical circles."

    He doesn't have ANY standing in philosophical circles. He isn't a philosopher.

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  4. Dear Mr. Mitchelmore,

    Thank you. I specialize in the written arts and more specifically fiction--hence I like How Proust Can Save Your Live as Philosophy light and litcrit light--just enjoyable reading. Hence my ignorance on matters philosophical.

    shalom,

    Steven

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  5. The writer in question is a good communicator and has many affectionate readers. Although I find his essays superficial, I recognize his ability to sell books.

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