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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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However, Cox doesn’t actually tell us anything about HOW to build from that realization towards a more robust and healthy perspective. Hence, I started studying, reading up, whatever I could get into my hands, to understand more and also impress the PhD-guy at the next discussion round. Birmingham University,Bib Id: And when I say adolescent, I mean adolescent. In my opinion, the book explains these seemingly difficult concepts quite well and very accessibly to the general, non-philosophical, audience.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. I’m not a specialist, but of all philosophies I’ve come to know, this was the one I thought was most relevant, especially through its close link with real life. I bought the book for existentialism so stick to that please. Or like a fire is just a fire but without consciousness nobody ever knows that this fire can go burn things down. I really like this book because the author made Existentialism accessible to everyone.

Along the way he clearly delineates major existential themes, such as freedom and responsibility, authenticity, bad faith, and existential anxiety. This book deals primarily with Sartre’s version which is, of course, the most influential of them all.

Just too soft to be Sartre

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Some of this is explored in the work of Sartre, but much more in that of Heidegger, Camus, Merleau-Ponty.


This book has filled in the gaps gaping chasms! In a more ‘elitist’ sense I want to ‘awaken the consciousness’ in the ‘oppressed’ lol Marx student for life.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. His discussion of Nietzsche and Heidegger in relation to authenticity are mercifully clear. There are particular things, like chairs and stones, and there is nothing beyond the series of particular things other than consciousness, which is nothing but consciousness of particular things.

A beautiful book that shares the fundamental ideas of Existentialism and teaches us how to be one. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: There are different schools of thought within existentialism: Just one but both the existentialist and the light bulb have to want to change. Cox goes further Always citing existentialists: Feb 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Order by newest oldest recommendations. Nor can I recommend it to anyone looking for a way to apply existentialism to liberate his or her consciousness.

This is alright, but even with the author’s efforts at attempting to be jargon-free, the going does get a little tough especially when the author is discussing abstract concepts such as ‘nothingness of consciousness’ and ‘bad faith’ where it seems impossible to avoid high-level philosophical terms, even though these things are very real and practical.

Since life is short I just would like to do three things. Striving to live and act in accordance with the principals of existentialism. What we lack, is in fact the future.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’ll say it straightforwardly: I would recommend reading it with a highlighter pen, as there are many “ahas” to be found, even if you want nothing more than to understand what existentialists xeistentialist.

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Since it has been raised I believe in the 18th century this question has been proven false, of course. But it contains a few pages on the philosopy of Time that really are of interest to my focus of attention.

At the end of the section he explains what it means to live authentically for other existentialists other than Sartre – specifically Nietzsche and Heidegger. Dec 04, Marc rated it did not like it Shelves: He’s a tenured academic, too! According to the Ancient Greek founders of Western philosophy, however, achieving personal enlightenment is precisely the point of studying philosophy. Very enjoyable read, Gary Cox is a witty writer indeed! Looking for beautiful books?

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. I’m a beginner to this type of philosophy and I found it to be a very good starting point.

I guess you can see this is not very illuminating. There is a bit in the middle when I started to feel a bit over my head once he starts in with the “facticity”s but it quickly passed. But almost whole of the book revolves around the notion of “authenticity”, a notion the author has drawn especially from Sartre and De Beauvoir. Cox lays bare such language as being-in-itself, being-for itself, being-for-others, and being-in-situation.