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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These are often hard truths to swallow, but must be confronted by anyone trying to live honestly — authenticallyas Sartre puts it.
In recommended reading, he recommended a few amazing books, followed by like two of his own. In true existentialist style, he did not regret how he had lived. I was too scared to ask, what the heck this was supposed to mean. My existentialism professor, was a phd in existentialism but in reality in Heidegger, she knew little enough about nietzsche that I would have to correct her on misreadings she was one of those teachers who would assign 10 pages but miss the 10 page introduction to the concept before the assigned piece if you know what I’m talking about.
Sometimes the “self help” sections of the book overlapping with the more academic sections seemed a bit odd and unnatural but overall it was a good slap in the face on my approach to exams. His theory of bad faith, for example, is a powerful device for analyzing human actions and discovering their real motivations, often motivations that the person seeks to ignore and deny. Cox makes fun of the reputation existentialism has for being gloomy and pessimistic, exposing it for what it really is – an honest, uplifting, and potentially life changing philosophy!
Excellent and informative whilst still being interesting. I have recently written a book for Bloomsbury on the philosophy of sport, focusing on the ingenious game of cricket. Mar 02, Marta rated it really liked it.
The book includes suggested further reading. And then the book ends with a short, but interesting, section on existential counseling which I had no idea even existed until I had read about it. The Trumpocalypse “means” we need to be responsible to ourselves, make choices for ourselves, create meaning in a meaningless, heartless world – even as the universe seems to get more chaotic daily.
Of course this is a tall order, one even Sartre himself was incapable of achieving fully but it is a great ideal for existenialist towards. At the end of the section he explains what it means to live authentically for other existentialists other than Sartre – specifically Nietzsche and Heidegger. Secondly, Xeistentialist expected it to be a silly jokey read, on the basis of existdntialist silly jokey title.
Otherwise we lapse into bad faith and are guilty of trying to become a exiatentialist what other authors have referred to as an “in itself” but which curiously is a term Cox never uses. It’s a good philosophy if your present circumstances are unendurable or highly negative because one of the tenets holds that we really are transient or?
Just too soft to be Sartre
His comprehensive and penetrating philosophy of the human condition as put forward in Being and Nothingness and related works. Philosophy Philosophy books comment.
By revealing that we are all inescapably free and responsible – ‘condemned to be free,’ as Sartre says – the book aims to empower ho reader with a sharp sense that we are each the master of our own destiny.
The book is a short and dense treatise on existentialism, written in as jargon-free a language as possible, and still maintaining xox of a ‘the world is meaningless, get off your ass and do something about it’ vibe, that is kind of inspiring without being mawkish.
You make your own meaning by means of your own choices and exisgentialist responsibility for your choices – that about is the essence of existentialism.
The Art of Excess – Los Angeles Review of Books
We are not fixed entities but rather ever-changing and ever-evolving. His colossal output, across a vast range of philosophical issues, as an academic, essayist, novelist, playwright, and journalist, is remarkable.
This is a weird little book that does a middling job fulfilling its two distinct aims.
Or like a fire is just a existetnialist but without consciousness nobody ever knows that this fire can go burn things down. Still worth a read, though. Because they can be happy, now. How to Be Authentic; 5. Do you think he is a great man or the actor of his own ideal?
A beautiful book that shares exisetntialist fundamental ideas of Existentialism and teaches us how to be one. Not unlike the idea of reaching “enlightenment,” one is only authentic when behaving authentically.
Gary Cox (philosopher) – Wikipedia
A Philosophy graduate of the University of SouthamptonUK, he was awarded his PhD in from the University of BirminghamUK, for his thesis on Jean-Paul Sartre’s theory of consciousness, freedom and bad faith  and is an honorary research fellow of that same university.
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I may have come across some of what the book said earlier in life and this gave me a lot of perspective in response to life events.