There’s something very intimidating about walking into a room and not knowing anyone. But at Alain de Botton’s School of Life, nobody’s a stranger very long.
As the popular Swiss-British philosopher explained at the March 25 launch, he’s always been the sort of person to strike up profound philosophical conversations at parties. “I had to invent an institution to make me seem normal,” he joked, charmingly.
His School of Life, founded in London in 2008, reflects de Botton’s professional persona: diffident, accessibly erudite and achingly earnest. Upon entry, guests at the launch party were handed little square cards bearing conversation-starting questions including: “Can incompatibility ever be a strength in a relationship?” “Does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?” and “For you, what would be a good death?”
Black T-shirted staff members were seemingly instructed to strike up conversations with anyone standing or sitting alone.… Read more
Looking for a bit of inspirational and philosophical guidance? For a school offering something a little different, try the classes from the School of Life – the brainchild of philosopher Alain de Botton, who set the London school up in 2008. In 2012/2013 the first international campus opened in Collingwood, but for 2014 it’s moved to the more central location of Bourke Street. Each class is limited to 26 attendees. Some are favourites from last year and many have a couple of date options.