The School of Life

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The School of Life
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The School of Life is an educational company that offers advice on life issues. It was founded by a number of intellectuals in 2008 and has branches in London (headquarters),[2] Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Paris, São Paulo,[3][4] and Taipei.[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] The School has a significant channel on YouTube, with over 7 million subscribers; it publishes one new video a week.

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 2016, The School of Life started its own publishing press, The School of Life Press. 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.'

Criticism[edit]

The School of Life has been criticised for its inaccurate representations of the views of philosophers and its weak philosophical arguments. The Los Angeles Review of Books has criticised a series of books by the School of Life as being a "vortex of jargon pitched somewhere between the banal banter of daytime talk shows and the schedule for a nightmarish New Age retreat."[10] Professor Hans-Georg Moeller of the University of Macau has criticised the School's video on Lao Tzu, stating that it used fabricated quotes and misrepresented the Dao De Ching.[11]

Books[edit]

  • Great Thinkers (2016)
  • Relationships (2017)
  • How to overcome your childhood (2018)
  • Anxiety (2019)
  • Big Ideas for Curious Minds (2019)
  • What they forgot to teach you at school (2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Campus London LLP – Overview (free company information from Companies House)".
  2. ^ "Londoner's Diary: Alain De Botton and his school exit Europe". London Evening Standard. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  3. ^ "The School of Life: An Interview With Alain de Botton". HuffPost. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  4. ^ Wyndham, Susan. "Alain de Botton and his School of Life come to Sydney". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  5. ^ "International Opportunities". The School of Life. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  6. ^ "About Us". The School of Life. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  7. ^ Conrad, Peter (1 September 2013). "Life Lessons from... Bergson, Byron, Freud, Hobbes, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Faculty". The School of Life. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ Coombes, Phil (4 October 2010). "Street photography now". BBC News. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Review of Books". Los Angeles Review of Books. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  11. ^ WORSE Philosophy Videos! School of Life on Eastern Philosophy - Lao Tzu, retrieved 15 June 2021

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