The Consolations of Philosophy

Surprisingly unsatisfying work by de Botton. I’m normally head over heels with any of his writing, but perhaps I’ve been spoiled since reading the specific works that he skims over in this. His guidelines to which philosophy books have been most helpful sent me on a quest for Seneca, Socrates, Montaigne, Schopenhauer. Now reading this work, I’ve experienced the electric magic of the originals, thus this feels slightly dingy and pedestrian. He breaks the consolation into six sections: unpopularity, not having enough money, frustration, inadequacy, a broken heart, and the vaguely named “difficulties.” If you don’t have enough time to read the originals, perhaps this is a good crib sheet.