Meaning in the Modern World

Books

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Alain De Botton

‘What a marvellous book this is . . . de Botton dissects what Proust had to say about friendship, reading, paying attention. As well as taking your time and being alive. All with his own delicious commentary. The result is an intoxicating as it is wise, amusing as well as stimulating. And presented in so fresh a fashion as to be unique . . . I could not stop, and now much start all over again.’ Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday

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Status Anxiety

Alain De Botton

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. And we all suffer – to a greater or lesser degree from status anxiety.

For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions.

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The Psychology Of Romantic Love: Romantic Love in an Anti-Romantic Age

Nathaniel Branden

What love is, why love is born, why it sometimes grows, and why it sometimes dies.

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The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal

Pamela Cuming

In The Hourglass, Pamela Cuming invites us to contemplate how we can find the courage to age and to confront death as the runway of our lives gets shorter. How can we continue to find meaning in life when we already know the end of the story?

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande

In “Being Mortal,” bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

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Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World 

Timothy Garton Ash

One of the great political writers of our time offers a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age.

Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression.

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The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

Christopher Lasch

The Culture of Narcissism

When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear this was a important book. It quickly became a bestseller. It’s effects still resonate.

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Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos

Michio Kaku

From the bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible. Michio Kaku’s Parallel Worlds takes us to the frontiers of scientific knowledge to explain the extraordinary nature – and future – of our universe.

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On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

This book explains how the process of grieving helps us live with the death of a loved one. How we cope and deal with loss..

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Why Grow Up: Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age

Susan Neiman

In Why Grow Up, the latest volume in the Philosophy in Transit series, world-renowned philosopher Susan Neiman looks at growing up as an ideal with urgent relevance today.

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