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Utopia series: the government of the future

For hundreds of years now, humans have tended to believe that the best sort of government is one which leaves its citizens maximally ‘free’. We’ve come to associate good government directly and uncomplicatedly with the promotion of ‘freedom’: freedom to worship as one pleases, to...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

What is Philosophy – and what is it for?

People are understandably confused about what philosophy is. From a distance, it seems weird, irrelevant, boring and yet also – just a little – intriguing. But it’s hard to put a finger on what the interest really is. What are philosophers? What do they...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
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Why you should visit The School of Life in Paris

For a start, because - as we all know - Parisians are notoriously suspicious of tourists. How many of us have been to Paris and stared at French life through a thick window pane, deeply curious as to its processes and rituals and...
Posted by Alain de Botton

We're Coming to Amsterdam!

Since our launch in London in 2008, more than 70,000 people have taken part in our programmes, and we are so thrilled to now be opening our doors at another international location in addition to our permanent school in Melbourne, Australia and our pop-up...
Posted by The School of Life
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, I’m just back from The School of Life’s intensive in Sao Paolo. I had a truly inspiring time, and was not only filled with ideas for how to change my life for the better, but also fell completely in love with Brazil....
Posted by Ella Berthoud

The Hunt for Happy

In December 1817, the poet John Keats, then twenty-two years old, went to see the annual Christmas pantomime at the Theatre Royal, in London’s Drury Lane. Also in attendance was his friend, the critic Charles Wentworth Dilke, and as they strolled home, the two...
Posted by Oliver Burkeman

The School of Life comes to Brazil

We’re delighted to announce the continuation of our international programme, as this April we travel to São Paulo for the launch of TSOL Brazil, in the form of a week-long intensive taking place in the cultural heart of the city. Running from the 5 –...
Posted by The School of Life

Damon Young on Conversation

We are, as Aristotle noted, defined by words. Speech is a uniquely human gift. Yet it is surprisingly hard to talk, even with our intimates. Take Mr. and Mrs. Hendy, from Monty Python’s wicked Meaning of Life. We find the retired American couple at...
Posted by Damon Young

Living with a Creative Mind

Why is creativity often linked to “madness” and why do creative people cause so much frustration to everyone around them? Why do they keep going to extremes? Why can’t they just be like normal people? Highly creative people have unique vulnerabilities and sensitivities - ways...
Posted by Jeff and Julie Crabtree
TSOL Melbourne Blog

Announcing the launch of The School of Life Australia

Since The School of Life launched in London back in 2008, we’ve had strong support from Australia, and we continue to be amazed by the number of Australians who engage with our community online and visit us when in the UK on their travels.    For...
Posted by Morgwn Rimel

The School of Life in Australia

The School of Life will launch in Collingwood, Melbourne on Friday 25 January 2013 and, in doing so, will become the first international School to open its doors. Dedicated to distilling the best ideas from the ages to enrich everyday life, The School of...
Posted by The School of Life