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The Great Philosophers 11: Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to understand why Capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently more miserable; even – far too often – suicidal. He was born in 1858 in the little French town of Epinal, near the German...
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Good Job! A Week About Work

This autumn we're harnessing that ‘back to school’ feeling, with GOOD JOB!, a week of work-related special events. From managing work stress with yoga to learning how to talk like a leader, the week is designed to help you be happier, healthier and more...
Posted by The School of Life

Utopia series: how Capitalism should be reformed

The system we know as Capitalism is both wondrously productive and hugely problematic. On the downside, capitalism promotes excessive inequality; it valorises immediate returns over long-term benefits; it addicts us to unnecessary products and it encourages excessive consumption of the world’s resources with potentially disastrous consequences...
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Utopia series: the schools of the future

It is almost universally agreed that education is hugely important. But we are not particularly sure what we want from it. Our large commitment to there being good schools ironically has not been matched by concern about what they are for. The aim of education...
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How to become an entrepreneur

The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting your own business holds the same sort of prestigious position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle. However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur remains maddeningly...
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Why you’re probably not enjoying your job very much

Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work. In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our talents feel like they’re...
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A guide to the pleasures of work

You might think this bit would be easy, but one of the hardest things about our working lives is knowing what we ideally want to do with them. It’s simple enough to sense what is boring and soul-destroying, but identifying what would satisfy us...
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Five Things I Learnt from John Peel

1. Respond honestly to what you really love When punk emerged in the mid-70s, the whole fabric of John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 programme changed overnight. He abandoned epic 25-minute Prog-Rock overtures made by men in embroidered capes, and gave over all of his...
Posted by Mary Anne Hobbs
Imrpovisation with John Paul Flintoff

Anything Becomes Possible

When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of improvisation actually saving people's lives. But what do I mean by...
Posted by John-Paul Flintoff
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Philosophical Consulting

When people stay in a hotel, they hope to have a nice time. And, at a given price point, the hotel management will go to great lengths to remove the obstacles to a happy visit. They aim to provide excellent beds, linen, televisions,...
Posted by Alain de Botton
How to have it all

How to have it all

The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others, such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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