Alain de Botton (born December 20, 1969) is a Swiss-born, British-based philosopher, writer, and television presenter.
His books and television programs discuss various contemporary subjects and themes, emphasizing philosophy’s relevance to everyday life. At 23, he published Essays in Love (1993), which went on to sell two million copies. Other bestsellers include How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997), Status Anxiety (2004) and The Architecture of Happiness (2006).
He co-founded The School of Life in 2008 and later that year was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He co-founded Living Architecture in 2009, and in 2015 was awarded “The Fellowship of Schopenhauer”, an annual writers award from the Melbourne Writers Festival, for this work. In 2011, de Botton was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.