Alain de Botton on How Art Can Save Your Soul

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Left:  Cropped photograph of Alain de Botton courtesy of Standpoint online.

Right: Cover of Alain de Botton's book Art as Therapy.


A lecture series founded by philosopher Alain de Botton in 2008 and humorously titled “Sunday sermon” takes place most weeks at the increasingly popular The School of Life — a book shop, art and workshop centre and cultural movement based in central London. The school's main focus operates with the intention to develop emotional intelligence through workshops, reading and culture-focused learning. In this terrific lecture by de Botton, he goes on to explore how we can reclaim what's Maria Popova describes as the "core soul-soothing function of art" from the grip of "empty elitism" and "sterile snobbery", focusing on seven prominent psychological functions of art.


Click here to watch the lecture on with an article by Maria Popova.

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