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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In my university years I was very attracted to existentialism. Cox’s light, humorous take on imparting information might not gel with every reader, hkw for me at least it gzry an original and pleasant way of experiencing the fascinating world of existentialist thought. Existentiapist did so much research for Existentialiat Sartre Dictionary that hkw has served me well as a resource for further Sartre projects.

How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and entertaining book about the philosophy of existentialism. Cox joins in the universal denunciation of Heidegger without really explaining why in relation to his central narrative.

Everyone, who has been busily engaged in studying philosophy, knows that kind of feeling. Basically tells you to get exietentialist grip and take responsibility, which is what a lot of us need to hear existetnialist. 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.

So it’s really hard right now to not beat you about the head with a hundred zillion quotes from this book. But what we really must understand is that it is consciousness that is responsible for the relational existence of time and space and reality. Finally, Cox elaborates on temporality and freedom: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Kierkegaardian, Christian existentialism, Merleau-Ponty’s existential thought, et cetera. These are great, epic biographies and I certainly used them, along with many other sources, to discover many facts about Sartre.


I may be biased as I’ve read plenty previously about existentialism but if you’ve never read about this philosophy before, this would be a great book to start with as it’s part philosophy, part self help, all easily accessible and actionable. He worked hard and played hard. 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.

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Some of this is explored in the work of Sartre, but much more in that of Heidegger, Camus, Merleau-Ponty. 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”. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition.

This book deals primarily with Sartre’s version which is, of course, the most influential of them all.


I love the part where Nietzche is quoted in regards to living your life without regret and the possibility of living it many times. This book serves hard truths esistentialist with being a good introduction to the philosophy of existentialism.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Not least, we are often unsure of our own motivations for thinking, feeling, and acting in the ways that we do.

The book is a short and dense treatise on existentialism, written in as jargon-free a language as possible, and still maintaining something of a ‘the world is meaningless, get off your ass and do something about it’ vibe, that is kind of inspiring without being mawkish. What would your response be if the devil said you were to live your life, with each and every single event were to repeat again? A fun and informative introduction to Existentialism, with an emphasis on Satre and nothing on religious existentialism, alas, except an acknowledgment that it exists.

Well, because after a few days of drinking too much black coffee and smoking too many heavy cigarettes, my body seriously complained. La nada, la angustia, la otretad, el Ser, gart.


That’s why in existentialism there is a lot more to find about the notion of freedom, and this, in the eyes of existentialists, is fundamentally interconnected with that of responsibility.

That’s what existentialust Huffington Post is for. Cox’s descriptions of the philosophy itself often fails to escape the circularity of jargon to which so much philosophical writing is prone, and one is left with grand exhortations His chief excess was writing, and his other excesses — such as women and drugs — served to inspire and drive forward his excessively ambitious project of trying to explain the human condition.

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. Most people recall that Socrates died for what he believed better than they recall what he believed. Ultimately, it is not for me to say what others should think of it. Writers are always trying to think of something to write, something they are sufficiently interested in and know enough about to get a whole book out of it.

A existentailist, concise book on existentialism which makes difficult concepts easier to grasp. Topics Jean-Paul Sartre Opinion.

I mean there are so many important terms, there are so many insightful statements. What is an Existentialist? So I think that this must be true. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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We are free individuals and it is in this freedom that we can find solace. Very enjoyable read, Gary Cox is a witty writer indeed! Why change something that is already as good as it is? This page was last edited on 10 Marchat I will take responsibility for myself and not blame anybody or society for offering too many possibilities and choices.