Is any religion true? The popular British philosopher Alain de Botton opens his latest book by declaring this the most boring and unproductive question a person can ask. de Botton is himself a resolute non-believer, but by setting that debate aside, he says we can look at the really good ideas religions offer about how to live and how to arrange society. Alain de Botton joins Doug for an exploration of his "Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion." (Rebroadcast)
Alain de Botton writes books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.
This show was originally broadcast on May 23, 2012. [Link to discussion]
Books and Music from Today's RadioWest:
- Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
- GD Electric Bill, Lost in the Zoo
- GD Electric Bill, Before
- GD Electric Bill, May Fourteenth