Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 5) – Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer was forever the pessimist, as he strikes a familiar pose whilst contemplating human suffering and misery

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

Continuing onto the fifth 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 5 of 6: Schopenhauer on Love

Alain de Botton surveys the 19th Century German thinker Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) who believed that love was the most important thing in life because of its powerful impulse towards ‘the will-to-life’.

Click Link To Watch: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/philosophy-a-guide-to-happiness/4od#2921723

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 sixth and final part of the series: Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (Part 6) – Friedrich Nietzsche

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