.In 2001 "Philosophy: a Guide to Happiness" brightened up the Sunday evenings in the UK discussing Seneca, Epicurus, Schopenhauer, Socrates, Nietzsche and Montaigne. The associated book The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton is published by Hamish Hamilton (2000) at amazon.co.uk This unofficial site - which has no connection with Alain de Botton or the TV programme – was written at the time to provide additional resources for the viewer. The programme also spawned a lively discussion about the programme which is still going strong, and sometimes even discusses Alain de Botton or the philosophers mentioned in the programme … At the time of writing (November 2006) the group has over 560 members.
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(c4 B.C.-A.D.65), Roman philosopher and writer
"Ignorance is the cause of fear"
"Nature does not at once disclose all Her mysteries."
"Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness "
"We learn by teaching"
"To err is human"
More Seneca quotes
Links to Seneca material on www
Writings about Seneca
Seneca - a thinker for our times Informative article by N.S. Gill with more links
Notes on Seneca and later Stoicism
Original writings (in translation)
Gleanings from the writings of Seneca - on Friendship, Moderation, the happy life and more
Seneca's Letters of Consolation
Seneca to his mother. Corsica, A.D. 41/9. (Seneca, On Consolation 16. L)
The Stoic Registry - for modern stoics who wish to study and practice stoicism and International Stoic Forum, an online community devoted to discussions of Stoic thought and practice, which may be found at the Onelist site: http://www.onelist.com/group/stoics
Recommended reading on Seneca and Stoicism
Annas, Julia E. 1992. Hellenistic Philosophy of Mind. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Cottingham,J 1998 Philosophy and the Good Life Cambridge University Press
Hadot,P 1995 Philosophy as a Way of Life Blackwell
Long, A. A. and D. N. Sedley. 1987. The Hellenistic philosophers. Vol. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Nussbaum, Martha C. 1994. The Therapy of Desire. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Sandbach, F. H. 1989. The Stoics. 2d ed. London: Gerald Duckworth.
Seneca Letters Penguin
Sharples, R. W. 1996. Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics. London: Routledge.
Striker, Gisela. 1991. Following nature: a study in Stoic ethics. In Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy. Vol. 9, 1-73. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
The World as Will and Representation (excerpt)
Exerpts from Parerga and Paralipomena, Selected Essays. (1851)
Essay on connection between Schopenhauer and Freud by Christopher Young & Andrew Brook
Nietzsche's evaluation of Schopenhauer by David Conway
From the Island of Freedom
Essay by Kelley Ross
Brief biographical details
Erratic impact on Schopenhauer
Quote from Epicurus (341-271 B.C)
Letter to Idomeneus (written on death-bed)
On this blissful day, which is also the last of my life, I write this to you. My continual sufferings from strangury and dysentery are so great that nothing could increase them; but I set above them all the gladness of mind at the memory of our past conversations. But I would have you, as becomes your lifelong attitude to me and to philosophy, watch over the children of Metrodorus.
Fragments from the Philosophy Garden
Letter to Menoeceus & Principal Doctrines on Intenet Classics Archives
Lucretius's On The Nature of Things - main source for Epicurean ideas
Critical article in The Catholic Encyclopedia
Epicurus. The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia. Trans. Lloyd P. Gerson and Brad Inwood.
Review of above book
B.Russell The History of Western Philosophy
See also references for Nussbaum and Hadot under Seneca & Stoicism - they also have material on Epicurus.
Programme 4 Montaigne (1533-1592)
"I want death to find me planting my cabbage "
"My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened. "
"I have never seen a greater monster...or miracle than myself."
"When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind."
"Philosophy is doubt".
There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
More quotes here
On Cannibals (with some commentary)
Journal of Montagne studies
Bill Uzgalis's site
Lecture notes on Montaigne and scepticism
Programme 5 Socrates (469B.C-399 B.C)
"The unexamined life is not worth living" (Apology)
"The wisest is he who realises, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is worthless" (Apology)
(last words) "Crito, we ought to offer a cock to Asclepius. See to it, and don't forget" (Phaedo)
Primary sources (strictly speaking, there are none, since Socrates wrote nothing- however the received view is that Plato's earlier and middle dialogues are as close to the historical Socrates as we are likely to get). Here is a small selection - See http://classics.mit.edu/ for full texts of other dialogues of Plato (and much more)
Richard Hooker's Greek Philosophy site
Reich, Rob. Confusion about the Socratic Method: Socratic Paradoxes and Contemporary Invocations of Socrates. The Philosophy of Education Yearbooks.
Betty Sichel's response to Reich's essay Your Socrates, My Socrates, Everyone has a Socrates
Tim LeBon's paper Socrates and Philosophical Counselling
Programme 6 Nietzsche (1844-1900)
"God is dead" (The Gay Science)
"There are no facts, only interpretations" (Nachlass)
"Whoever despises himself still respects himself as one who despises" (Beyond Good and Evil)
"I tell you: one must have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star" (Thus Spoke Tharathrusta)
".. live dangerously ...Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius !" (written 3 years after it exploded)
."What are man's truths ultimately ? Merely his irrefutable errors" (The Gay Science)
The Pirate Nietzsche site contains English translations of many of Nietzsche's works including
Douglas Thomas's Nietzsche pages
Journal of Nietzsche Studies (from Friedrich Nietzsche Society)
Study Guide for Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Reviews of Philosophy: a Guide to Happines
The Observer review
Reviews of Consolations of Philosophy
A good idea from .. Raphael (from Independent on Sunday)
Practical Philosophy links
Alain de Botton's site - Alain's own site
Philosophical Counselling - putting philosophy to use
Wise Decision-making including ethical decision-making
Practical Philosophy - journal devoted to philosophy in practice
Society for Philosophy in Practice (SPP) - professional UK-based association
Alain's Other Books
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