Tuesday, October 27, 2009
My Favorite Philosopher
Not Socrates, not Aristotle, not even Yogi Berra. No, it's Allain de Botton, author of The Consolations of Philosophy; Status Anxiety and How Proust Can Change Your Life, among others. He writes beautifully and captures the essence of mundane events and otherwise ordinary characters, and elevates them to a sublime sense otherwise missing from everyday reflections. You need to read his books to see what I mean.
He recently started a "school" for people interested in tying philosophy to their everyday life. He aptly called it The School of Life. On the website he has contributors of the same ilk. One just wrote a short piece on why bankers' wealth gets our goat but that of rock stars doesn't.