Friday, August 25, 2006

Philosopher - A Guide To Happiness

I watched a DVD made by Alain de Booton the other day called "Philosopher - A Guide To Happiness", which is supposedly to be based on one of his books . It was a very interesting documentary.

Alain de Botton is a highly respected writer. He owns his own production company, which regularly broadcasts documentaries based on his own works. The film talks about how theories of philosophers such as Epicurus and Socrates etc. can be applied to our modern everyday lives, especially the concept of happiness. He also talks about ideas of unpopularity, feelings of inadequacy, financial worries, broken hearts and the general problem of suffering as an opposite of happiness. This film has both been praised and criticised for its therapeutic approach to philosophy.


Radagast said...

I read that a while ago -- it was interesting.

Of course, the philosophers he describes are pre-Christian (Socrates, Epicurus) or anti-Christian (Nietzsche), and so they provide answers which are at best incomplete, and at worst totally wrong ...

... and he stole his title from a Christian book!

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