Can the thoughts and ideas of history’s greatest thinkers help in our day to day lives?

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What can the great philosophers of the past teach us about navigating the modern world? Do their theories, thoughts and works apply to us today and, if we follow their teachings, will they make us happier, more well-rounded individuals?

British philosopher Alain de Botton looks at the ideas of six thinkers who have influenced history and uses them to tackle problems that plague all of our lives.

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