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    • Philosophy: A Guide To Happiness

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      This documentary series, as presented by Alain de Botton is an exposition into the way six thinkers have challenged us, with their ideaas about how to pursue happiness in life.

      Socrates on Self-Confidence. The first part of this series discusses on why people are usually swayed by the opinion of a group or crowd, as they refuse to make their own stand. This section is a study on self-confidence and the way this shapes our views and convictions.

      Epicurus on Happiness. This episode delves on Epicurus, the Greek philospher who was known as an “advocate of friends, freedom and though” and studies his own ideas about the path to happiness, in relation to his own personal struggles.

      Seneca on Anger – for Roman philosopher Lucious Annaeus Seneca, anger is a manifestation of a philosophical problem and can be treated if we just dig deeper into our rationalizations. Some philosophers think Seneca’s ideas are so optimistic, resulting in unrealistic expectations.

      Montaigne on Self-Esteem – covers the ideas of Michel de Montaigne, where he explains the reasons for our sadness and comes up with three main thoughts on sexual inadequecy, failure to live up to social norms, and intellectual inferiority. The chapter also offers some solutions.

      Schopenhauer on Love – the fifth episode is a profile on Arthur Schopenhauer and his ideas on love. He says its the powerful force that drives us to live.

      Nietzsche on Hardship – the final episode talks about Friedrich Nietzsche’s dictum in that hardships go hand in hand with successes and achievements, and that a comfortable existence is not the best way to live life.

      Part 1 – Socrates on Self-Confidence

      Part 2 – Epicurus on Happiness

      Part 3 – Seneca on Anger

      Part 4 – Montaigne on Self-Esteem

      Part 5 – Schopenhauer on Love

      Part 6 – Nietzche on Hardship

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      Published on March 6, 2009 · Filed under: Psychology
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    • Code7R

      Ok, have not seen the video, but since 2 others have commented on the new design here, I'll do too.

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      First: The color arrangement of the old design had a cool, precious look to it. The gray-green looks kind of cheap.

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    • Gill

      This guide to Greek philosophy is very enlightening. It's is surprising to see how after more then 2500 years Greek thought is still very relevant in dealing with problems we face today. Issues such as how do we determine what is the truth, how to be happy and how to have self-confidence are very practical and useful things to learn. Great wisdom never goes out of fashion.

    • AKing

      I wonder if he actually ended up going to dinner with the young lady at the end of the Schopenhauer video. Nonetheless, a brilliant series on some little-explored corners of philosophy.