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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Of course this raises the classic problem of solipsism: Kierkegaardian, Christian existentialism, Merleau-Ponty’s existential thought, et cetera. 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.

My hesitation seemed to be born of the belief that the sky would fall in if I didn’t get the answer right. He argued that genius is as genius does and certainly he forged his genius through his admirable, now legendary, capacity for hard work. A Guide for the Perplexed. According to Cox’s no-nonsense criteria I’m a kind of existential softy, in sympathy with Alan Bennett, who classified himself as being on the political “soft centre”. Jul 11, Winterwade rated it really liked it.

There is no real meaning in life, but this way of thinking recommends you to bravely accept that this is the way of life, and you can create your own purpose in life and enjoy it. I would recommend this book to anyone existentiaist has a basic ability to grasp abstract concepts.


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Like all great philosophies, existentialism is replete with timeless truths about the human condition. I did so much research for The Sartre Dictionary that it has served me well as a resource for further Sartre projects.

But when he meets ‘The Other’his behaviour and thoughts changed, they are circumvented – this is where my sociology training kicks in- we are governed by social constructs and laws- we are not always fully ourselves. The book includes suggested further reading. In the third section, the author explains what it is to live authentically he is specifically addressing what that means for Sartre.

Perhaps you should try Buddhism, which, in some its recent adaptations seems to be a form of existentialism coupled with method. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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

Everyone is free, coox are solely responsible for our lives. Gary Cox bornEngland [1] is a British philosopher and biographer and the author of several books on Jean-Paul Sartreexistentialismgeneral philosophy and philosophy of sport.

This book has filled in the gaps gaping chasms!

Firstly, I had expected to be done with it in maybe 2 hours. Do you think he is a great man or the actor of his own ideal? This is a controversial claim, but I urge people to read the book and to make up their own minds on the basis of the evidence.


Having a book full of Gary Cox’s opinions turns out to be quite useless if you find out he’s the perfect mix of pretentious and obnoxious. These concepts include temporality, being-for-others, freedom, responsibility, and anxiety among many others.


My biography of Sartre is one more view of him, a contribution to an already rich tapestry, albeit a tapestry woven out of a host of well-established facts. Sartre is brilliant on these matters. 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.

Ever mindful of the importance of remaining practical, the author says that to be an existentialist requires three things: I mean there are so many important terms, there are so many insightful statements. Is every membership in a group inauthentic? Yeah, that’s a pretty solid reason to dislike the guy.

I love the part where Nietzche is quoted in regards to living your life without regret and the possibility of living it many times. Anyway, as you say, Existentialism and Excess has also had glowing reviews; these have tended to come later from people who have had time to give the book proper consideration and to actually read it all.

He provides no method, only madness. Striving to live and act in accordance with the princ Another solid intro to existentialism though this one is rather focussed on Sartre.

An eternal recurrence if you may, but hey.