TV & Audio

Scroll down for video and audio clips from Alain’s television programmes, audiobooks and others.


TED talks

Atheism 2.0
TED Talk, July 2011

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.


A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success
TED talk, July 2009

Alain examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure?


The Perfect Home (2006)

Three-part documentary series based on Alain’s book The Architecture of Happiness.

Episode 1


Episode 2


Episode 3


Status Anxiety (2004)

Documentary based on Alain’s book of the same name.


The Art of Travel (2004)

Documentary based on Alain’s book of the same name.


Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness (2000)

Six-part documentary series based on Alain’s book The Consolations of Philosophy

Episode 1: Socrates on Self-Confidence


Episode 2: Epicurus on Happiness


Episode 3: Seneca on Anger


Episode 4: Montaigne on Self-Esteem


Episode 5: Schopenhauer on Love


Episode 6: Nietzsche on Hardship


Other video

The News: A User’s Manual
The School of Life Sunday Sermon, February 2014


Art as Therapy
The School of Life Sunday Sermon, October 2013


How To Think More About Sex
The School of Life Live Tour, May 2012


Audio

Audiobook versions of many of Alain’s books are available to buy or download, for example from Audible [UK / US].┬áSee below for extracts.

The Architecture of Happiness

Clip 1: Introduction
Duration: 5m 36s


Clip 2: Coherence
Duration 4m 56s


Status Anxiety

Introduction
Duration: 3m 59s


The Art of Travel

Introduction
Duration: 4m 18s


The Consolations of Philosophy

Clip 1: Introduction
Duration: 5m 23s


Clip 2: Seneca
Duration: 5m 23s


How Proust Can Change Your Life

Clip 1: Romantic Pessimism
Duration: 5m 29s


Clip 2: Should we spend more time locked up in arks then?
Duration: 3m 31s

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