The School of Life

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The School of Life
Traded asThree 13 Solutions, Campus London LLP, ELOE Limited, STOA Limited.[1]

The School of Life is an educational company that offers advice on life issues. It was founded by a number of intellectuals including Alain de Botton in 2008 and has branches in London (headquarters),[2] Antwerp, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Mexico City, Paris and São Paulo [3][4] Seoul, Taipei and Tel Aviv.[5] The School offers a variety of programmes and services covering finding fulfilling work, mastering relationships, achieving calm, and understanding and changing the world.[6] The School also offers psychotherapy and bibliotherapy services and runs online and physical shops.[7]

History[edit]

The School of Life, founded by a number of writers and thinkers, including author Alain de Botton, is staffed by psychotherapists, artists and educators.[8] The faculty includes philosophers Mark Vernon, Robert Rowland Smith and writer John Armstrong.[9]

Publishing[edit]

In 2012, The School of Life started to publish books. It invited six guest authors (including Philippa Perry and John Armstrong) to publish 12,000 word books in partnership with the publishers Macmillan (UK) and Picador (USA). Some critics found these books shallow and unhelpful: "Yet the real issue...is not simply a lack of depth but one of purpose: they are certainly shallow in their philosophy, but they are not particularly useful either. The books are combination platters of soft science, anecdotal case studies (some real, some fictional), and exercises or suggestions about steps the reader could take to further his or her goal."[10] Some critics suggested that selling philosophical ideas as therapy was problematic, but others suggested the approach had merit: "But even those who are cynical about the combination of profit and philosophy may find The School of Life’s non-fiction series substantive."[11]

After the publication of these six titles, in 2016, The School of Life changed its approach to publishing. It started its own publishing press, The School of Life Press, and now writes books in-house. It has published over fifty books so far - including an extensive range of titles on mental health for children. In 2019, a collection of the School of Life's ideas was published under the title: 'The School of Life: An Emotional Education.'

Shop[edit]

The London branch of The School of Life has a small shop on Marchmont Street in Central London.[7]

Publications[edit]

  • The School of Life: An Emotional Education. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2019. ISBN 978-0241382318.
  • Great Thinkers. London: The School of Life Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935387-0-4.
  • Calm. London: The School of Life Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935387-2-8.
  • Small Pleasures. London: The School of Life Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935387-3-5.
  • Relationships. London: The School of Life Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935387-4-2.
  • A Job to Love. London: The School of Life Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-9935387-5-9.
  • Sex. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9935387-6-6.
  • Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-2-8.
  • On Being Nice. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-4-2.
  • Things Never to Tell Children. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-8-0.
  • How to Find Love. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-9-7.
  • On Confidence. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-7-3.
  • Self-Knowledge. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9957535-0-1.
  • The School of Life Dictionary. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9957535-9-4.
  • Why We Hate Cheap Things. London: The School of Life Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9955736-3-5.
  • The Sorrows of Work. London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-1-8.
  • The Sorrows of Love. London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-2-5.
  • How to Get Married. London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9997471-1-4.
  • What is Culture For?. London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-3-2.
  • What is Psychotherapy?. London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9997471-7-6.
  • The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9999179-3-7.
  • Big Ideas for Curious Minds London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9997471-4-5.
  • How to Travel London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9999179-6-8.
  • How to Reform Capitalism London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-7-0.
  • The Emotionally Intelligent Office London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-8-7.
  • Who Am I? London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-912891-08-5.
  • Phone Detox London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-1-9999179-2-0.
  • The Meaning of Life London: The School of Life Press, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9957535-4-9.
  • Procrastination London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-00-9.
  • Insomnia London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-9999179-7-5.
  • How to Overcome Your Childhood London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-9999179-9-9.
  • Dating London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-04-7.
  • Heartbreak London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-01-6.
  • Arguments London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-11-5.
  • Affairs London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-05-4.
  • The School of Life Guide to Modern Manners London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-14-6.
  • A Replacement for Religion London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-03-0.
  • Thinking & Eating London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-02-3.
  • What Can I do When I Grow Up London: The School of Life Press, 2019. ISBN 978-1-912891-20-7.
  • How to Get on With Your Colleagues London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-15-3.
  • How to Think More Effectively London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-13-9.
  • Couples Workbook London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-26-9.
  • Anxiety London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-21-4.
  • Happy, Healthy Minds London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-19-1.
  • What Adults Don’t Know About Art London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-29-0.
  • What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-30-6.
  • An Emotional Menagerie London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-24-5.
  • Why Should I Go Outside? London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-31-3.
  • A More Exciting Life London: The School of Life Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-912891-25-2.

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