Status Anxiety In his thoughtful, beautifully rendered 1993 novel On Love, de Botton structured the most unwieldy of subjects -- passion and the end of an affair… Status Anxiety In his thoughtful, beautifully rendered 1993 novel On Love, de Botton structured the most unwieldy of subjects -- passion and the end of an affair… 2004-05-25 Nonfiction Philosophy and Religion Self-Help and Psychology Pantheon
Book Review

Status Anxiety (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 25, 2004; Writer: Alain de Botton; Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy and Religion, Self-Help and Psychology; Publisher: Pantheon

In his thoughtful, beautifully rendered 1993 novel On Love, de Botton structured the most unwieldy of subjects -- passion and the end of an affair -- as a quasi-academic dissertation. With Anxiety, de Botton takes a similar approach, exploring both humans' eternal doubt of self-worth as well as possible palliative measures through art, philosophy, and religion. De Botton incorporates a vast amount of knowledge into his thesis, but this does ultimately read like a thesis, better suited to a graduate student's syllabus than to an armchair reader.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints
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