Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 1) – Socrates

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Let me now introduce you to the first of six posts featuring a series of documentaries written and presented by popular British philosopher Alain de Botton.

This 6 part series is an entertaining, practical and psychobabble-free self-help course for the philosophically minded.

Here, de Botton, brings us six thinkers who have influenced history, and their ideas about the pursuit of the happy life.  Here we have then:

  • Socrates
  • Epicurus
  • Seneca
  • Michel de Montaigne
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

Episode 1 of 6: Socrates on Self-Confidence

Exploring why so many of us go along with the crowd rather than stand up for what we believe in.

Click Link To Watch:

You may be also interested to know that this particular series was derived from the book The Consolations of Philosophy, which is a very good read, and was part responsible for encouraging me to pursue philosophy so that I could apply it to my life.

Watch the second video of a six part series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 2) – Epicurus


  1. Rob says:

    This is great! Thanks for all your work. I think this site is one of the best out there.

    Rob ————————

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    However, I have removed your website links due to your comment looking like SPAM in appearance.

  3. de Botton’s books are very interesting with a very practical view of philosophy. He started a school in London called the School of Life, which sounds intriguing. I often contribute aphorisms to their website.

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Interesting. I had no idea that de Botton had a school in London, and I have lived here practically all my life. It sounds intriguingly similar to Plato’s ‘The School of Athens’…

    I now know what school I will be sending my son to in the future 🙂

  5. Jazmyne says:

    There ought to be a text-only version, because I canread these silly videos faster than this man narrates them — it’s irritating, because I have to report on these for online classwork! Think about it for future generations, please!

  6. J Cooper says:


    Why are you complaining to me? I didn’t make these “silly videos” as you like to call them.

    I think your best bet is to contact the narrator himself de botton and make known your personal grievances.