Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for... show more
Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins.Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.
Publish date: May 10th 2005
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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This was an entertaining, serious book of comparative philosophy that eloquently communicates its thesis about the history of "status" in society. I greatly enjoyed, and benefited from reading it.
We love Alain. As with his other books, this is one to read and re-read.
E eu que sempre pensei que a Filosofia era chata! Óptima leitura para descobrirmos mais não só de Filosofia como de História, da evolução das sociedades ocidentais e sobre nós mesmos. Extremamente perspicaz e inteligente sem complicar! Recomendo.
This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: an anxiety about what others think of us; about whether we're judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety.We care about our status for a simple reason: because most peopl...