Self-Confidence: A Philosophy

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5.6 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Pépin is a philosopher and novelist whose work has been published in some thirty countries. He is the author of Philosophers on the Couch, When Beauty Saves Us, and Joy. His latest essay, The Virtues of Failure, has sold more than 65,000 copies and been translated and published in thirteen countries. With the designer Jul, Pépin published the bestsellers The Planet of the Wise and 50 Shades of Greeks. He is also the organizer of the Lundis Philo lecture series at MK2 Odéon in Paris.

Willard Wood has translated more than twenty-five books from the French. He is a recipient of the Lewis Galantière Award for Literary Translation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Translation. He lives in Norfolk, Connecticut.


"An essay that draws from case studies and philosophical texts to break down the nuances of self-confidence and how it develops." --New York Times Book Review

"[Pépin unifies] disparate examples (including Sigmund Freud, and Søren Kierkegaard, Madonna, and Serena Williams) with his own memories of developing self-confidence as a student and teacher...intriguing...punchy." --Publishers Weekly

"[Pépin presents] a more nuanced understanding of self-confidence...A thoughtful read for anyone seeking the philosophical underpinnings of self-confidence." --Library Journal

"A rewarding and intelligent work." --Le Figaro

"Intriguing, profound, and eloquent." --Elle (France)

"An inspiring reflection." --L'Express

"A book full of wisdom and joy." --France Inter