Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 4) – Michel de Montaigne


A mecurial looking Montaigne who offered us, in the form of his essays, wisdom and solutions for the maladies of the mind

Watch the first video of a six part series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 1) – Socrates

Continuing onto the forth part 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 4 of 6: Montaigne on Self-Esteem

The French philosopher singled out three main reasons for feeling bad about oneself – sexual inadequecy, failure to live up to social norms, and intellectual inferiority – and then offered practical solutions for overcoming them.

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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 fifth video of a six part series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 5) – Arthur Schopenhauer


  1. Montaigne is the first philosopher who really attracted me. His free-wheeling way of philosophizing, his aphoristic style, his love of life and cheerful common sense. Nothing solemn or portentous about him. He has no system, he’s not a dogmatist, he’s not a pedant. He’s humble and realistic about our human possibilities and limitations. I would love my writing to have these same traits and qualities. I am an heir of Montaigne.

    “We need but little learning to live happily.”

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with your affectionate praise of the wise Frenchman. I will only add that he was one funny guy too with his wit and unflattering observations of himself and human behavior (especially in regards the sexual act which he describes as too much trouble for what it’s worth – and that leaves us being nothing more than smelly, sweaty, slobering beasts at the end of the day – that’s if he can get it up to begin with)

    It took me many joyful months to read his essays – and have to say, I’m looking forward to perusing it once again to discover much wisdom and sense perhaps missed on first viewing.

  3. robin says:

    Thanks so much for this great article. this was just the thing I needed to see

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Glad to be of help, Robin.