My European Faces: Alain de Botton, popular writer-philosopher, is Swiss, British & European

Alain de Botton wants philosophy to be useful again

Using books, movies and his venture “The School of Life” in London, writer Alain de Botton teaches that philosophy is—and always was— intended as a self-help tool. Philosophy, he claims, should be applied, so that we live a happier or better life. Judging from his wild popularity among our geeky brothers and sisters, he is succeeding. He is Swiss, British and European.

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