The Architecture Of Happiness

Author : Alain De Botton
ISBN : 0307277240
Genre : Architecture
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The Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Architecture

Gl Ck Und Architektur

Author : Alain De Botton
ISBN : 3596175062
Genre : Architektur - Befindlichkeit
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Auf der Fährte seiner Bestseller ”Trost der Philosophie“ und ”Kunst des Reisens“ widmet sich Alain de Botton in seinem neuen Buch dem verborgenen Zusammenspiel von Architektur und Glück. Er reist zu den Meisterwerken der Architektur, zu den großen Villen von Palladio und den Wohntürmen von Corbusier. Geleitet wird er von der Frage, dem jeden Hausbau, Wohnungswechsel und Ikea-Besuch vorausgehen sollten: welches Haus passt zu mir? Wie viel Farbe mag ich, wie viel Licht brauche ich, soll der Spiegel wirklich so groß sein? Nur solange die Proportionen des Außenraums mit den Proportionen unseres Innenlebens übereinstimmen, wird die Architektur uns glücklich machen. - Schöner leben statt schöner wohnen!
Category: Architektur - Befindlichkeit

Essays In Love

Author : Alain de Botton
ISBN : 9780771026065
Genre : Family & Relationships
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The bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and How Proust Can Change Your Life revisits his utterly charming debut book, Essays in Love. The narrator is smitten by Chloe on a Paris-to-London flight, and by the time they’ve reached the luggage carousel he knows he is in love. He loves her chestnut hair, watery green eyes, the gap that makes her teeth Kantian and not Platonic, and her views on Heidegger’s Being and Time — but he hates her taste in shoes. What makes this book extraordinary is the depth with which the emotions involved in the relationship are analysed. Love comes under the philosophical microscope. Plotting the course of their affair from the initial delirium of infatuation to the depths of suicidal despair, through a fit of anhedonia — defined in medical texts as a disease resulting from the terror brought on by the threat of utter happiness — and finally through the terrorist tactics employed when the beloved begins, inexplicably, to drift away, Essays in Love is filled with profound and witty observations on the pain and exhilaration of love. An entire chapter is devoted to the nuances and subtexts of an initial date, while another chapter mulls over the question of how and when to say “I love you.” With allusions to Aristotle, Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Groucho Marx, de Botton has plotted an imaginative and microscopically detailed romance.
Category: Family & Relationships

Statusangst

Author : Alain De Botton
ISBN : 1541140214
Genre :
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The News

Author : Alain de Botton
ISBN : 9780241967386
Genre : Philosophy
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Alain de Botton explores our relationship with 'the news' in this book full of his trademark wit and wisdom. Following on from his bestselling Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton turns now to look at the manic and peculiar positions that 'the news' occupies in our lives. We invest it with an authority and importance which used to be the preserve of religion - but what does it do for us? Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, de Botton offers a brilliant illustrated guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and the 'noise' it generates. Witty and global in reach, The News will ensure you'll never look at reports of a celebrity story or political scandal in quite the same way again. Praise for Religion for Atheists: 'Smart and stimulating . . . a sensitive analysis of the deeply human needs that faith meets' Financial Times 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live . . . energetic and on the side of the angels' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'Packed with tantalising goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Religion for Atheists, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.
Category: Philosophy

Religion For Atheists

Author : Alain de Botton
ISBN : 9780141937601
Genre : Philosophy
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Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists looks at the God debate with fresh eyes All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of the major religions and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live. And he suggests that non-believers can learn and steal from them. Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world's great religions, Alain de Botton presents a range of fascinating ideas and practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death. He shows how they can be of use to us all, irrespective of whether we do or don't believe. In the Sunday Times top-ten bestseller Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton takes us one step further than Dawkins and Hitchens have ventured and into a world of ideas beyond the God debate... 'A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live' Jeanette Winterson, The Times 'A beautiful, inspiring book . . . offering a glimpse of a more enlightened path' Sunday Telegraph 'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent 'Smart, stimulating, sensitive. A timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it' Financial Times 'There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel' Mail on Sunday 'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent
Category: Philosophy

A Week At The Airport

Author : Alain De Botton
ISBN : 9780771026287
Genre : Travel
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The bestselling author of The Architecture of Happiness and The Art of Travel spends a week at an airport in a wittily intriguing meditation on the "non-place" that he believes is the centre of our civilization. In the summer of 2009, Alain de Botton was invited by the owners of Heathrow airport to become their first ever writer-in-residence. Given unprecedented, unrestricted access to wander around one of the world's busiest airports, he met travellers from all over the globe, and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots, and senior executives to the airport chaplain. Based on these conversations he has produced this extraordinary meditation on the nature of travel, work, relationships, and our daily lives. Working with the renowned documentary photographer Richard Baker, he explores the magical and the mundane, and the interactions of travellers and workers all over this familiar but mysterious "non-place," which by definition we are eager to leave. Taking the reader through departures, "air-side," and the arrivals hall, de Botton shows with his usual combination of wit and wisdom that spending time in an airport can be more revealing than we might think. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Travel

Trost Der Philosophie

Author : Alain de Botton
ISBN : 9783104026442
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Ungeliebt? Geldsorgen? Frust? ? Liebeskummer? Ihnen kann geholfen werden! Geistreich und originell untersucht Alain de Botton, welche Tröstungen die großen Philosophen für die Lebensprobleme moderner Zeitgenossen bereithalten: Was raten uns Sokrates, Epikur, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer und Nietzsche, wenn man sie, ihr Leben und Werk befragt? Mit erzählerischer Verve und bestechendem Witz untersucht Alain de Botton den Nutzen der Philosophie für das Leben – eine Einladung, ein Kompendium, eine Denkreise.
Category: Family & Relationships