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by. Gary Cox. · Rating details · ratings · 61 reviews. How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism. Gary Cox is the author of How to Be an Existentialist ( avg rating, ratings, 61 reviews, published ), How To Be A Philosopher ( avg ratin. How to be an Existentialist by Gary Cox, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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A brilliant, concise book on existentialism which makes difficult concepts easier to grasp. It’s a good 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. The frameworks that have been erected since time immemorial – the social structures – aren’t easy to get away from, and many find them comforting.

At the same time, Gary Cox’s recent book How to Be an Existentialistbracingly subtitled How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses, claims that “people who reject existentialism tend to do so not because they don’t understand it but because they can’t face it”.

Cox’s descriptions of the philosophy itself often fails to escape the circularity of jargon to which so much philosophical writing is prone, and one is left with grand exhortations Basically Existentialism For Dummies, except with a lot much more of author involvement and weird metaphors. Existentialism and Romantic Love. This small book is a satisfying primer for a newcomer to existentialism, making additionally for a fun read for those well-versed in- and perhaps somewhat jaded by- heavier volumes on the subject.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. I read this following an introduction on existentialist counselling on my course, of which very little made sense.

Tary recommends building your life on the basis of hard, uncomfortable truths rather than the shifting sands of soft, comfortable delusions Cox has achieved something extremely impressive here. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to fac How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism. Not unlike the idea of reaching “enlightenment,” one is only authentic when behaving authentically.

H ow to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism.

Being an existentialist requires being satisfied with the absurd and random nature of events, freeing you to create your own life in circumstances that aren’t of your own making. I would say if you want to learn existentialism read “existentialism is a humanism” and this. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

An eternal recurrence if you may, but hey. His discussion of Nietzsche and Heidegger in relation to authenticity are mercifully clear. My hesitation seemed to be born of the belief that the sky would fall in if I didn’t get the answer right.

This book was great. It’s one of the two books about Existentialism I borrowed from the library.

Gary Cox (Author of How to Be an Existentialist)

There are about four good points in the book when the author aligns the title to the content, and I genuinely did take away some good advice from this but I’d never give it anyone. The book includes suggested further reading.


Lines like “If you thought existentialism and Buddhism had nothing in common, Zen think again” are unforgivable. Cox’s new book, Cricket Ball: According to the Ancient Greek founders of Western philosophy, however, achieving personal enlightenment is precisely the point of studying philosophy.

How to be an Existentialist : or How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses

Good foundation for explaining what existentialism is exactly. If you’ve already read books on existentialism, I really wouldn’t recommend reading this, since it’s really just entry-tier existentialism. Bw say it straightforwardly: Great intro to existentialism for anyone who The author really is an expert in existentialist philosophy view his list of publicationsand he really tries to write as clearly as possible a bit too funny to my taste. This work provided one of the clearest explications of Sartre’s work that I have ever read.

Taken as systematic xeistentialist of the real world, Existentialism is a fruitless neo-Kantian mess.

Views Read Edit View history. Is every membership in a group inauthentic? Wn 05, Jasmine rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: My first full exposure to existentialism and boy, was it a good one.