The writer told Metro that he would like the One Direction star to teach his fans about Greek philosophy and the works of Hegel and Proust.
Styles wrote a message about Socrates on his Twitter feed this morning (February 13)
"Socrates, born in Athens in the 5th century BCE, marks a watershed in Ancient Greek philosophy," wrote Styles - in a direct quote from the Wikipedia page for Ancient Greek philosophy.
Socrates, born in Athens in the 5th century BCE, marks a watershed in Ancient Greek philosophy.— Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) February 13, 2013
"My plan is to shut the Arts Council and get people such as Harry Styles to go on television and recommend to everyone they read Proust and Hegel, which would achieve more in five minutes than the Arts Council achieves year in, year out," de Botton had told the newspaper.
"David Beckham could do Aristotle and Plato. The cause of intellectual life in this country would be helped immeasurably."
He added: "The problem we've got is the most famous people in the country tend to believe in things that aren't particularly ambitious, whereas the people who believe in really ambitious things are stuck away in an ivory tower and no-one bothers listening to what they think.
"In an ideal world Harry Styles would be teaching his ten million Twitter followers a little more about Greek philosophy. "
Asked if he and Styles were friends, de Botton replied: "That would be overegging it. I was introduced to him at a party. Neither of us had heard of each other. We had a nice chat. It was fun."
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