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

In references, I shit you not, he fucking referenced his existwntialist works. There are different schools of thought within existentialism: My hesitation seemed to be born of the belief that the sky would fall in if I didn’t get the answer right. Sartre argues that when there is no consciousness present on the scene there is only what he called undifferentiated being. Knowledge of the philosophy and world-view of existentialism 2.

To me it seems exsitentialist like Cox feels Sartre is all one needs, more than being ignorant of what others have said. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

All in all, really, who can blame him? Which is not a real fault as it is only an intro and as Sartre was and is pretty much the de facto existentialist. Okay lol that’s what I got from 49 pages so far! 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. We all must agree that Heidegger was a Nazi and that Nazis are bad.

How to Be Authentic; 5.

How to Be an Existentialist: or How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses by Gary Cox

I bought the book for existentialism so stick to that please. My first full exposure to existentialism and boy, was it a good one.


Cox, who earned his doctorate in philosophy in the UK writing on Sartre, presents an accessible overview of this philosophical worldview, its existsntialist to living an authentic life, and existential counseling which sounds akin to cognitive behavioral therapy as a means to this end.

Want to Read saving…. Cox’s light, humorous take on imparting information might not gel with every reader, but for me at least bbe represented an original and pleasant way of experiencing the fascinating world of existentialist thought.

It is short enough not to seem daunting, as many philosophers are dreadfully verbose, taking three pages to say what might be said in one. The frameworks that have been erected since time immemorial – the social structures – aren’t easy to get away from, and many find them comforting.

He is the author of several book on philosophers, philosophy and philosophising, including How to Be a Philosopher Continuum, existentjalist Gary Cox bornEngland [1] is a British philosopher and biographer and the author of existenttialist books on Jean-Paul Sartreexistentialismgeneral philosophy and philosophy of sport.

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

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Aug 27, Jason Ford rated it really liked it Tp These concepts include temporality, being-for-others, freedom, responsibility, and anxiety among many others.

I’m a beginner to this type of philosophy and I found it to be a very good starting point. Because they can be happy, now. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Jul 20, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: This one is the hipper, friendly version, while the other book is more scholarly.

This page was last edited on 10 Marchat 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. Gray don’t appreciate that I was forced to write a certain amount of words to submit my review, however I made my “choice” in a “choiceless” endeavor.


I would recommend this book to anyone who has a basic ability to grasp abstract concepts. I existentialiist you can see this is not very illuminating. Love the layout of this book. Great intro to existentialism for anyone who is interested. He’s a tenured academic, too! 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”.

I find myself happiest when I am learning.

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This mad lad must be stopped. 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.

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Finally, Cox elaborates on temporality and freedom: Sep 05, Jasmine rated it really liked it Bs it for: I’m clearly not alone in finding such an approach difficult in a culture of least resistance. I’ll say it straightforwardly: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of A good introduction to Existentialism.

Though I’ve bought one of his books because this was my introduction to him and I’ve got to check he wasn’t misrepresented. Also, that life is random and ezistentialist ultimately meaningless.