by. Gary Cox. · Rating details · ratings · 61 reviews. How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism. How to be an Existentialist by Gary Cox, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. At the same time, Gary Cox’s recent book How to Be an Existentialist, bracingly subtitled How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses.

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Now that is something you can work with! He also became increasingly dogmatic in his hard-left politics, something which was arguably at odds with ro subtlety of his genius when it came to appraising human psychology. Feb 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s a rather short book haha.

Secondly, I expected it to be a silly jokey read, on the basis of its silly jokey title. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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In my opinion, the book explains these seemingly difficult concepts quite well and very accessibly to the general, non-philosophical, audience. Thank you for signing up! This is an easy-to-read book about a philosophical tendency that’s not that complicated – at least not that complicated after you’ve read the book. We are not fixed entities but rather ever-changing and ever-evolving.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Understanding his philosophy and its relationship to his life had already taken place over many years, so the more immediate challenge was to work out the structure and to put it together in the most coherent, informative, and entertaining way. The main challenge was doing justice to his enormous life and work in less than 75, words.

It recommends building your life on the bf of hard, uncomfortable truths rather than the shifting sands of soft, comfortable delusions Kierkegaardian, Christian existentialism, Merleau-Ponty’s existential thought, et cetera. Cox elaborates gart how existentialist philosophers pay a lot of attention to the concept of consciousness, as being the relation between us and reality.

I really wanted to crack the nut! The book explores hhow intricate motivations in detail, explaining and justifying his actions and positions in their proper context, though not always excusing them. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


As he often said, he created himself out of nothing. Long and lonely nights in the library were following: A beautiful book that shares the fundamental ideas of Existentialism and teaches us how to be one.

He gives some pretty solid advice on how to understand Existentialism, also referring you to several good well known books by existentialists. He would be far more enthusiastic in his criticism of Trump, for example — who undoubtedly deserves to be criticized on many fronts — than in his condemnation of ISIS or North Korea. My main criticism would be that Cox, who has spent much of his life studying Sartre, is willing, although slightly hesitant, to stray outside of this prominent existentialist’s body of work.

But no-one can say that we all have to be trapped in those notions, and we especially don’t need to be trapped in them as a way of getting meaning in our lives. In this sense you can translate it best as ‘being faithfull to yourself and to the realities of life’.

Sartre was highly influenced by Nietzsche, who I dare to describe as an existentialist. It is also a genuine self-help book offering clear advice on how to live according to the principles of existentialism formulated by Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, and the other great existentialist philosophers.

Sartre was prone to excesses of words, women, Boyards Caporal cigarettes, whiskey, coffee, amphetamines, and sleeping pills — and became as famous for these aspects of his life as for his philosophy. Another solid intro to existentialism though this one is rather focussed on Sartre.

Starting with this because I needed to ease myself in with these huge concepts first.

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Philosophy Philosophy books comment. Existentiaalist 02, Marta rated it really liked it. The writings of doctor and professional cynic Theodore Dalrymple never fail to read the weakest motives into any individual action and make one feel as though life is wasted on those who don’t know the one correct way in which to live.


It is thorough, yet concise and accessible, a fast-paced book not for academic philosophers, but rather for the reader coming to Sartre for the first time — the reader who wants to be informed and entertained in equal measure.

Sartre had huge energy and stamina. How to Be an Existentialist also struck me as very much based on Sartrean existentialism. Because they can be happy, now. It is all about facing up to reality with honesty and courage and seeing things through to the end, as well as being zn putting words like choice in italics.

Just too soft to be Sartre

Must the true existentialist disavow any affiliation with a political cause insofar as this involves alignment with an external purpose? Good info but writing which is thoroughly annoying. Not unlike the idea of reaching “enlightenment,” one is only authentic when behaving authentically. Cerebral hypoxia also tary that he found it increasingly difficult to concentrate. Aug 27, Jason Ford rated it really liked it Shelves: Views Read Tl View history. Interesting, breezy and very readable.

He tells us about the existence of existential counseling and that it improves on typical psychoanalysis by acknowledging anxiety as a bary reasoned reaction to the meaninglessness of existence. But as a human with consciousness you know that this acorn has the possibility of being an oak tree. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

Refresh and try again. He argued that genius is as genius does and certainly he forged his genius through his admirable, now legendary, capacity for hard work. That I can agree with; as I’ve aged, I’ve decided that meaninglessness or randomness must be the “meaning” of life.

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