Philosophy – A Guide to Happiness: Montaigne on Self-Esteem

Narrated by Alain de Botton, this is one of 6 parts in the series, Philosophy – A Guide To Happiness. This episode explores the philosophy of Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533–1592), one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Montaigne is known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography β€” and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as “Attempts”) contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. (24 min)

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5 Responses

  1. Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place.:”~

  2. shapeshift says:

    Thank you for your wise comment. I remember a survey done a few years ago on how happy people are in each country… and there were many countries much poorer than the U.S. that were much happier about their country and their prospect within that country.

  3. William Moore says:

    everyone wants to be happy in one way or another.

  4. Hanif says:

    cool series

  5. Jules says:

    true happiness can be difficult to achieve, you can be rich but still not be truly happy

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