The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Criss-crossing the world to visit workplaces and workers both ordinary and extraordinary, and drawing on the wit and wisdom of great artists, writers and thinkers, Alain de Botton here explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs.

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141932759

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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From one of our greatest voices in modern philosophy, author of The Course of Love, The Consolations of Philosophy, Religion for Atheists and The School of Life - a lucid exploration of the state in which most of us spend most of our lives 'De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing' Sunday Times 'Timely, wonderfully readable. De Botton has pretty much got to the bottom of the subject' Spectator 'Terribly funny, touches us all' Daily Mail 'Brilliant, enormously engaging' Guardian Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? Work makes us. Without it we are at a loss; in work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives. Yet for many of us, work is a straitjacket from which we cannot free ourselves. Criss-crossing the world to visit workplaces and workers both ordinary and extraordinary, and drawing on the wit and wisdom of great artists, writers and thinkers, Alain de Botton here explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs. He poses and answers little and big questions: from what should I do with my life? to what will I have achieved when I retire? The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work explains why it is we do what we do all day, and applies sympathy, humour and insight to helping us make the most of it.

The Joys and Sorrows of Parenting

This book is made up of 26 small essays that aim provide understanding of and consolation for the trials and pleasures of parenting

Author: The School The School of Life

Publisher: School of Life

ISBN: 9781999917937

Category: Child rearing

Page: 56

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This book is made up of 26 small essays that aim provide understanding of and consolation for the trials and pleasures of parenting

The Attack of the Unexpected

... accessed 27 August 2010. 5 “The pleasures and sorrows of work: Alain de
Botton in conversation with Paul Holdengräber”, online video produced by New
York Public Library, 8 June 2009, ...

Author: Magnus Lindkvist

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9814346152

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

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Everything in life is, in a sense, unexpected. From the people you meet to the events you experience. But sometimes the unexpected attacks. It eats at you and fundamentally changes where you are and where you are going. September 11, the credit crunch, and the rise of the World Wide Web are recent examples of agenda changing megaevents that we were forced to react to in some way or another. This book, by one of the world's leading trendspotters, is designed to help you understand the nature of unexpected events and how we are affected by it on an individual, corporate and societal basis. Building on studies of and interviews with people who have in some way been "attacked" and significantly affected by the unexpected, its aim is to help you stop fearing uncertainty and start embracing and leveraging it to your advantage.

The Leader s Guide to Radical Management

... where the people love what they are doing? Buffett, M., and Clark, D. Warren
Buffett's Management Secrets:ProvenToolsforPersonalandBusinessSuccess.
NewYork:Scribner, 2009. 3. De Botton, A. The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

Author: Stephen Denning

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470651360

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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A radical new management model for twenty-first century leaders Organizations today face a crisis. The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread. Most proposals for improving management address one element of the crisis at the expense of the others. The principles described by award-winning author Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, continuous innovation, deep job satisfaction and client delight. Denning puts forward a fundamentally different approach to management, with seven inter-locking principles of continuous innovation: focusing the entire organization on delighting clients; working in self-organizing teams; operating in client-driven iterations; delivering value to clients with each iteration; fostering radical transparency; nurturing continuous self-improvement and communicating interactively. In sum, the principles comprise a new mental model of management. Author outlines the basic seven principles of continuous innovation The book describes more than seventy supporting practices Denning offers a rethinking of management from first principles This book is written by the author of The Secret Language of Leadership—a Financial Times Selection in Best Books of 2007.

On Craftsmanship towards a new Bauhaus

... the things that can't be flown over from China or supplied down the wire.
Meanwhile, Alain de Botton has assembled The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (
2009), a collage of examples around the question 'when does a job feel

Author: Christopher Frayling

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849432643

Category: Art

Page: 184

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Craftsmanship has again become fashionable in high places, just as it did in the last few recessions. The concept of craftsmanship has never been as relevant and timely as it is today. Assailed on all sides by – among many other tendencies - flexible working, short-termism, portfolio careers, quick-fix training and the cult of celebrity, it has recently re-entered public debate with a new sense of urgency. Why? This series of linked essays by the man who ran the Royal College of Art for many years explores the crafts in education, in history and literature, in the contemporary arts landscape, in the language, in the digital age, and takes an unsentimental, hard-headed look at craftsmanship today. Only when the romantic cobwebs have been blown away, it argues, can the key importance of the crafts be fully understood.

Place Ecology and the Sacred

For an insightful overview of modern logistics, see Alain de Botton, The
Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (London: Penguin, 2009), Chapter II: Logistics.
Hopkins, The Transition Handbook, 15. See further Michael Shuman, Going
Local:Creating ...

Author: Michael S. Northcott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441114572

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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People are born in one place. Traditionally humans move around more than other animals, but in modernity the global mobility of persons and the factors of production increasingly disrupts the sense of place that is an intrinsic part of the human experience of being on earth. Industrial development and fossil fuelled mobility negatively impact the sense of place and help to foster a culture of placelessness where buildings, fields and houses increasingly display a monotonous aesthetic. At the same time ecological habitats, and diverse communities of species are degraded. Romantic resistance to the industrial evisceration of place and ecological diversity involved the setting aside of scenic or sublime landscapes as wilderness areas or parks. However the implication of this project is that human dwelling and ecological sustainability are intrinsically at odds. In this collection of essays Michael Northcott argues that the sense of the sacred which emanates from local communities of faith sustained a 'parochial ecology' which, over the centuries, shaped communities that were more socially just and ecologically sustainable than the kinds of exchange relationships and settlement patterns fostered by a global and place-blind economy. Hence Christian communities in medieval Europe fostered the distributed use and intergenerational care of common resources, such as alpine meadows, forests or river catchments. But contemporary political economists neglect the role of boundaried places, and spatial limits, in the welfare of human and ecological communities. Northcott argues that place-based forms of community, dwelling and exchange – such as a local food economy – more closely resemble evolved commons governance arrangements, and facilitate the revival of a sense of neighbourhood, and of reconnection between persons and the ecological places in which they dwell.

Philosophical issues in psychiatry III

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. London: Hamish Hamilton. Editorial (2012a)
. Living with grief. Lancet, 379, 589. Editorial (2012b). Psychiatry's identity crisis.
Lancet, 379, 1274. Editorial (2013). Mapping the mind—smart thinking for brain ...

Author: Kenneth S. Kendler

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191038865

Category: Medical

Page: 408

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Psychiatry has long struggled with the nature of its diagnoses. The problems raised by questions about the nature of psychiatric illness are particularly fascinating because they sit at the intersection of philosophy, empirical psychiatric/psychological research, measurement theory, historical tradition and policy. In being the only medical specialty that diagnoses and treats mental illness, psychiatry has been subject to major changes in the last 150 years. This book explores the forces that have shaped these changes and especially how substantial "internal" advances in our knowledge of the nature and causes of psychiatric illness have interacted with a plethora of external forces that have impacted on the psychiatric profession. It includes contributions from philosophers of science with an interest in psychiatry, psychiatrists and psychologists with expertise in the history of their field and historians of psychiatry. Each chapter is accompanied by an introduction and a commentary. The result is a dynamic discussion about the nature of psychiatric disorders, and a book that is compelling reading for those in the field of mental health, history of science and medicine, and philosophy.

The Pearson Concise General Knowledge Manual 2012

... Science and Sustainable Food Security : Selected Papers of M. S.
Swaminathan M. S. Swaminathan The Honest Always Stand Alone C. G. Somiah
Counselling Suicidal Clients Andrew Reeves The Pleasures and Sorrows of
Work Alain De ...


Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 9788131761915



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Essays In Love

Also by Alain de Botton The Romantic Movement Kiss & Tell How Proust Can
Change Your Life The Consolations of Philosophy The Art of Travel Status
Anxiety The Architecture of Happiness The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
AWeek at the ...

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447275330

Category: Literary Collections


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'De Botton is a national treasure.' - Susan Hill, author of The Woman in Black With an introduction by Sheila Heti A unique love story and a classic work of philosophy, rooted in the mysterious workings of the human heart and mind. Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved. A man and a woman meet over casual conversation on a flight from Paris to London, and so begins a love story - from first kiss to first argument, elation to heartbreak, and everything in between. Each stage of the relationship is illuminated with startling clarity, as de Botton explores emotions often felt but rarely understood. With the verve of a novelist and the insight of a philosopher, Alain de Botton uncovers the mysteries of the human heart. Essays In Love is an iconic book - one that should be read by anyone who has ever fallen in love.

Beyond Wealth

The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work. Hamish Hamilton, 2009. D'Agnese, Joseph,
and Denise Kiernan. Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the
Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence. San Francisco: Quirk Books,

Author: Alexander Green

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118078349

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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It's not all about the money; the key to true riches Leo Tolstoy said, "Nobody knows where the human race is going. The highest wisdom, then, is to know where you are going." Yet many today chase the false rabbits of success: status, luxury, reputation and material possessions. In the quest to "have it all," our lives often lack real meaning and purpose. Beyond Wealth is the antidote. New York Times bestselling author Alexander Green takes things right down to brass tacks: We are here for a short time. Knowledge is limitless. Therefore, the most critical knowledge is not any particular skill but rather wisdom about "how to live." Fortunately, men and women have had several thousand years to think about what it means to live "the good life." And the answers found here, from Plato and Aristotle to Mahatma Gandhi and Stephen Hawking, will both surprise and delight you. Beyond Wealth provides insightful commentary on the most important aspects of our lives: love, work, honor, trust, freedom, death, fear, truth, beauty and other timeless issues. The book is both a thought provoking read and the ideal gift, guaranteed to ennoble, uplift and inspire.

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The School of Life

This is a book about everything you were never taught at school.

Author: The School of Life

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241985830


Page: 320

View: 372

What does it mean to live wisely and well in the twenty-first century? And how should we go about doing it? These are the most important questions to ask ourselves and the ones we most often avoid dealing with. This insightful, witty and generous book reveals one simple answer to the question of a good life- emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence will not make you into a perfect person. It will not save you from moments of self-doubt, frustration or lost temper. Instead it will allow you to understand that these moments are completely normal, completely human, and that there is no such thing as perfect. There is only good enough - and that really is good enough.

The Economist

His new book, "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work", takes on that odd thing that
most of us do for so many of our waking hours on Earth. It would be easy to
accuse Mr de Botton, who describes his new volume as "a hymn to the
intelligence, ...




Category: Commerce


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Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion

Her relationship tothe technology and her work reads asaseries of opportunities
to beseizedin moments free from surveillance – like a clandestine ... Her
experience resembles deBotton's description, inThe Pleasures and Sorrows of
Work, that ...

Author: Athina Karatzogianni

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230391346

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Fifteen thought-provoking essays engage in an innovative dialogue between cultural studies of affect, feelings and emotions, and digital cultures, new media and technology. The volume provides a fascinating dialogue that cuts across disciplines, media platforms and geographic and linguistic boundaries.


Gary Vaynerchuk, wine video blogger Work as a Source of Happiness When you
ask children what they want to do when ... writes British philosopher and
bestseller author Alain de Botton in his latest book “The Pleasure and Sorrows of

Author: Markus Albers

Publisher: epubli

ISBN: 3869318856

Category: Social Science


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Sometimes being thrown off course is the only way to find out where you really stand. The current economic crisis has demonstrated that the rules and values that had previously offered security to our parents are vulnerable to change. These include the daily trip to the office, the lifetime job, the big corporate brands and the pension. All these seemingly constant features of our parents’ everyday life are now simply battered or obsolete. Welcome to the Meconomy: Here we can turn our hobbies into a career and move the center of our lives to where we are happiest and most productive. We position ourselves as a brand and never stop learning. This consequently allows us to feel and act independently for the first time. Although this life can be exciting and fulfilling, not everyone will be able to live it. The Meconomy splits society in the middle. By combining interviews with renowned experts in the field, case studies and the latest research, this book explains how to prosper in a new working environment using life hacking, personal branding and global mobility.

God Leads in Perplexities Joys and Sorrows

It had been my expectation that I should be able to complete my master's degree
in Community Health Nursing in the allotted three years, taking only 8-10 hours of
class work each quarter. Unfortunately, when I arrived on campus, it was ...

Author: Iris Hayden Stober

Publisher: TEACH Services, Inc.

ISBN: 1479600628

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Ps. 23:4). This verse quickly became a resounding theme in Iris Stober's life. The little farm girl from Iowa traded the simple, country landscape for a life filled with adventure and emotional challenges. Relive her journey as she follows her dreams and travels the world, trusting in God for all her needs. In her unfailing commitment to God's will for her life, Iris faced some of the hardest experiences one can imagine. From something as simple as choosing a career path to the dreadful reality of losing most of her family, Iris looked for God in every situation. Through the good times and bad, Iris found that God consistently took care of her, and He still does today! God Leads in Perplexities, Joys, and Sorrows is the life story of Iris Stober, a woman whose faith was tested but who stood strong and held onto the hand of God through her darkest hour.

Seventy five Years Or The Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons from 1852 to 1927

With a front of fifty feet on Twenty - third street , and extending back to Twenty -
fourth street , bronze pillars , covered with relief work , support a ceiling broken by
arches of light pink , with borders of green and gold in intricate and beautiful ...

Author: E.P. Dutton (Firm)



Category: Booksellers and bookselling

Page: 118

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Joys and Sorrows of Imaginary Persons

All stories, ephemeral and weighty alike, bring with them the actual work of
performing. The struggle for understanding is inseparably emotional and
cognitive, and the storytelling species finds this search for emotional-volitional
tone a ...

Author: Donald Wesling

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042023929

Category: Fiction

Page: 221

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Joys and Sorrows of Imaginary Persons is a literary approach to consciousness where Donald Wesling denies that emotion is the scandal or handmaid of reason—rather emotion is the co-creator with reason of human life in the world. Discoveries in neuro-science in the 1990s Decade of the Brain have proven that thinking and feeling are wrapped with each other, and regulate and fulfill each other. Accepting this co-creative equality, we reveal a new role for literature, or a traditional role we've repressed: literature as a set of processes in time where we've thought feeling through stories about the lives of imaginary persons. We need these stories in order to practice emotions for when we return to the world from reading. Donald Wesling argues that to be more accurate in our dealings with stories, we require a grammar of this new recognition, where we build up traditional stylistics by a more careful tracking of emotion-states as these are set into writing.The first half ofJoys and Sorrows of Imaginary Persons offers a creative stock-taking of the current state of scholarship on emotion, based on wide reading in several fields. The second half gives three focused studies, rich in examples, of emotion as cognition, as story, and as historical structure of feeling.

Business World

Littell's magnum opus works at three levels THE PLEASURES AND SORROWS
first you have Max , working contently in the OF WORK THE PLEASURES AND
lace factory , married with twins . At the second SORROWS OF WORK ; level ...




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The Yale Literary Magazine

This ended the joys and sorrows , work and duties of Commencement week .
Seventy - Six went out in a blaze of glory , such as would be expected of such a
brilliant class . ( No allusion is here meant to the red tops , but rather to the career
of ...






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