Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Styles' passion for... philosophy

Harry Styles of One Direction performs on stage during the 2012 Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 8, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Harry Styles has formed an unlikely friendship with an eminent British philosopher.

The One Direction singer tweeted about ancient thinker Socrates after hitting it off with philosopher Alain de Botton at a party, The Sun reported.

Alain, 43, told the newspaper: ""He was very interested in finding out about philosophy. He seemed a very intelligent chap."

Harry told his 10 million twitter followers: "Socrates, born in Athens in the 5th century BCE, marks a watershed in Ancient Greek philosophy."

His tweet came after Alain, whose books include The Consolations Of Philosophy, said he wanted stars like Harry to teach his Twitter followers a little more about philosophy.

Alain said of Harry's tweet: "I was really pleased. I'd like to think it was a sign of his curiosity rather than poking fun... Hopefully, this will be the start of Harry engaging with more philosophy."

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