Alain de Botton, FRSL is a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. His books discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy's relevance to everyday life.
Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He's writer of essayistic books that have been described as a philosophy of everyday life. He's written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called the School of Life. Dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain's latest book published in September 2019 is a collection of essays written for the School of Life titled "The School of Life: An Emotional Education". Now, I've been a fan of Alan de Botton since 1997. He is brilliant, eloquent, sensitive, and captivating. He blows my mind and it is such a thrill to bring this conversation to you guys. It is a true mind jam for the ages. And so without further ado, I present my conversation with Alain de Botton. Welcome to Flow Sessions.
We always ponder what we think the meaning of life is, but philosopher Alain de Botton has the answer to this in this week's episode of the Positivity Podcast. Alain joins Paul to talk about our ideas of love and connection, what behaviours we should adopt to gain the most out of life, and how being at one with nature can bring you a sense of calm and collectedness. He also shares what he does to keep himself positive, what it means to be human, and the importance of connection to turn a stranger into a friend. The Positivity Podcast is sees Paul McKenna interview some of the world's most interesting people. From film stars, to entrepreneurs and entertainers, you'll learn the tips and tricks that the best in the business use to stay positive. You can hear more from Alain on his YouTube Channel, The School of Life: Don't forget to rate and subscribe to the podcast and share your best bits from the episode online. Paul McKenna Twitter: @ImPaulMcKenna Paul McKenna Instagram: @IamPaulMcKenna
Alain de Botton on How to Live. To learn more about Alain's latest book The School of Life, click here. To learn more about Alain's organisation The School of Life, click here.
This week on How To Fail, we are doing something slightly different. I know, I know, we don't like change, but sometimes IT'S GOOD FOR US. It's especially good for us when it comes in the form of Alain de Botton, one of the most intelligent, eloquent and thoughtful people on the planet. And because it's Alain de Botton, modern philosopher, founder of The School of Life and bestselling authors of life-changing books such as Essays In Love, I decided to allow him a little leeway. Instead of choosing personal failures, Alain wanted to talk about three philosophical 'failure concepts' and I'm so glad he did, because it led to one of the most fascinating and enlightening discussions I've ever had on the topic. We discuss the idea that we can be good people and yet fail, and the concept (which I'm forever banging on about) that failure is the norm, and that we should find contentment in the average rather than constantly expecting the exceptional. He also has brilliant insights into why romantic break-ups are not, in and of themselves, tragic, because each relationship teaches you something you need to know, and when the time is right, it is ok to move on. Along the way, I also ask him about X Factor, so fear not, I'm there to pepper his brilliance with my usual lowbrow content, as per. It was such a delight to meet Alain. An hour in his company left my brain fizzing with new (and reassuring) ideas, and I hope it has the same effect on you. * The new book from The School of Life, co-authored and introduced by Alain de Botton, is out now and available to buy here.  * I am thrilled to be taking How To Fail on tour around the UK in October, sharing my failure manifesto with the help of some very special guests. These events are not recorded as podcasts so the only way to be there is to book tickets via *  The Sunday Times Top 5 bestselling book of the podcast, How To Fail: Everything I've Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong by Elizabeth Day, is out now and is available here. * This season of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp and sponsored by Sweaty Betty. Sweaty Betty are offering listeners 20% off full-price items with the code HOWTOFAIL To contact us, email *  Social Media: Elizabeth Day @elizabday Alain de Botton @alaindebotton   Sweaty Betty @sweatybetty              
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Dec 20th, 1969
London, UK
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18 hours, 9 minutes
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