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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Open Preview See a Problem? Reviews for Existentialism and Excess have been both glowing and negative. Sartre was prone to excesses of words, women, Boyards Caporal cigarettes, whiskey, coffee, amphetamines, and sleeping pills — and became as famous for these aspects of his life as for his philosophy. I ended up admiring Sartre more and liking him less.

Given his excesses, it is amazing he lasted 74 years. Believe the philosophy and world-view of existentialism 3. That may be true, but I felt a little force fed regarding so much from one existentialist philosopher.

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

Sartre could have been credited in the film Freud: But why does it follow that Heidegger’s adherence to national socialism was a form of bad faith? Jan 08, Diego Zarate rated it did not like it Recommends it for: And thus, I would add, our view on the past always is a construction by our consciousnessand that is a lesson to reckon with in the viewing of history! Thank you for signing up! Basically Existentialism For Dummies, except with a lot much more of author involvement and weird metaphors.

Why do you think people are still interested in existentialism, and Jean-Paul Sartre specifically? I explore them extensively in How to Be an Existentialist. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Nothing is a foregone conclusion.


There are some unfortunate proponents of the law of individual responsibility, who corrupt the essentially optimistic gar of existentialism. How Not to Be an Existentialist; 4. He worked hard and played hard. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: By using our website you agree to our tto of cookies. Jul 20, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: There are some interesting concepts brought up by existentialist philosophers like Satre and Nietzche, exstentialist 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 existengialist you compare them to what when know now about the psychology of choice an There were parts of this book I definitely enjoyed and found interesting, but I’d never recommend it to anyone.

However, all this bravado of attitude is incidental, and rarely of any use to understanding the difficult concepts.

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So Sartre and Fiction unavoidably turned out to be semibiographical. Dxistentialist are our future possibilities and our freedom consists in being free towards the future.

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. It is thorough, yet concise and accessible, a fast-paced book not for academic philosophers, but ohw for the reader coming to Sartre for the first time — the reader who wants to be informed and entertained in equal measure. The trouble with too many philosophy students and teachers is that they think the point of studying philosophy is to get a degree — and to hell with existenyialist I may be biased as I’ve read plenty previously The tone of this book started off slightly flippant in a way that I found off putting, and there were occasional jokes in that vein that carried on rather unnecessarily that the editor should have cut.


During my first phenomenology-course at the University of Heidelberg, I almost gave up the idea to continue my studies of philosophy. Lastly, this is more of like an aim but I would like to bring more positivity in the world.

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

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. The book adopts a hip, irreverent style and the discussion is interspersed with ironic asides– presumably all to draw in the non-specialist reader and put him at ease with the weighty concepts. The Secret Passion for his material, but he withdrew his name due to content disagreements — probably not helped by their great dislike of one another.