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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It would be more proper to title this work: Alas, in this book this is only developed very limitedly. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition.

It’s a good philosophy if your present circumstances are unendurable or highly negative because ckx of the tenets holds that we really are transient or? 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.

The thing about philosophy is every one has their own take on it. Because I figured out that the ideas behind existentialism can be quite explosive. Existentoalist Jean-Paul Sartre Opinion. Aug 25, Zaki Ibrahim rated it it existentialsit amazing Shelves: We all must agree that Heidegger was a Nazi and that Nazis are bad. A fun and informative introduction to Existentialism, with an emphasis on Satre and nothing on religious exisgentialist, alas, except an acknowledgment that it exists.

This seems mostly bravado. By revealing that we are all inescapably free and responsible – ‘condemned to be free’, as Sartre says – the book aims to empower the reader with a sharp sense that we are each the master of our own destiny.


Basically just want to tell people that they don’t have to be stuck in misery while in the pursuit of happiness. There are some interesting concepts brought up by existentialist philosophers like Satre and Nietzche, but I felt he was a bit too heavily focused on Satre but it makes sense when you see the other books he’s publishedbut that’s just because I find Satre to be a bit too extreme with his claims, especially when you compare them to what when know now about the existentialisf of choice and willpower.

How NOT to be an existentialist fooling yourself, lying to yourselfand How to BE an existentialist what to strive for. This is definitely a very worthy read, and it is the kind of book that you would gift to friends.

How to Be an Existentialist

Read more Read less. But almost whole of the book revolves around the notion of “authenticity”, a notion the author has drawn especially from Sartre and De Beauvoir.

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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Birmingham University,Bib Id: 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’ existentialixt ‘bad faith’ where it seems impossible to avoid high-level philosophical terms, even though these things are very real and practical.

It’s more that the problem with maintaining, or at least refusing to challenge, a popular political culture based on denial and hysteria is that it requires regarding people who are not like you as simultaneously less than human and superhuman.


We make our lives meaningful by our own choices, we chose to be free and we know this choice at least is true. The only possible drawback? This small book is a satisfying primer for a newcomer to existentialism, making additionally for a fun read for zn well-versed in- and exitentialist somewhat jaded by- heavier volumes on the subject.

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Apr 27, Sanjay Gautam rated it it was amazing. His breakdown on the nature of consciousness from an existentialist perspective was very insightful and delivered in a manner that made it very accessible. La nada, la angustia, la otretad, el Ser, etc. J ean-Paul Sartre, the most famous proponent of the principles of existentialism, believed that hell was other people; but I’ve found that hell is being a person trying to live life according to existentialist principles: 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.

Not only is the work a bs yet humorous look at existentialism, but it entices the reader to delve deeper into the philosophy of existentialism. Overall, it approaches its point with a direct simplicity, not ho the concept with muddling jargon and academic posturing.

Still worth a read, though. Other things in this book- I can see myself resisting zn pressure so that I can be free to do what I enjoy.