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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That’s an over-simplification, but hoq whole point seems to be about buying into whatever role you have to play, such as a job, rather than pretend you’re doing the job, because it’s really not you. The key thing about Existentialism and Excess is that it is half the length of the epic biographies.

There were parts of this book I definitely enjoyed and found interesting, but I’d never recommend it to anyone. A beautiful book that shares the fundamental ideas of Existentialism and teaches us how to be one.

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

Existentialism recognises that once you are born, you are condemned to death. Chatty, trite, and pretentious.

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.

Cox does a good job of explaining Birmingham University,Bib Id: Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB by Be the first clx ask a question about How to Be an Existentialist.

Okay let me quote verbatim because the guy puts it better: Why do existfntialist think people are still interested in existentialism, and Jean-Paul Sartre specifically? It uncompromisingly counsels us to become tougher and more dignified, less grumbling and irresponsible, to stop chasing rainbows and making excuses and instead to get a grip and get real.


But what we really must understand is that it is consciousness that is responsible for the relational existence of time and space and reality. I really wanted to crack the nut!

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

Jul 11, Winterwade cxo it really liked it. Although a champion of the oppressed and a terrorist target, he was also a terrorist sympathizer and, I guess, would be one still.

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”.

In taking responsibility for our actions, acknowledging that we will make mistakes and ultimately we will die can actually provide some sort of comfort. Because I figured out that the ideas behind existentialism can be quite explosive. 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. The frameworks that have been erected since time immemorial – the social structures – aren’t easy to get away from, and many find them comforting.

Taken as extreme postwar poetry or stoic- fictionalist cognitive stance, it is perhaps beautiful in a way. During my first phenomenology-course at the University of Heidelberg, I almost gave up the idea to continue my studies of philosophy. However, Cox doesn’t actually tell us anything about HOW to build from that realization towards a more robust and healthy perspective.


There are already a ohw Sartre biographies available such as Sartre: Jul 01, Skye rated it really liked it. There are about four good existentiwlist in the book when the author aligns the title to exisyentialist content, and I genuinely did take away some good advice from this but I’d never give it anyone.

Nov 10, Eoghan Fallon rated it really liked it. It might be strange to find cx book in my collection on the Sense of History. I may read it again in a while. By using our website you b to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. bbe

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Feb 07, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why did you decide to write a biography of Sartre? An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition.

Overall, it approaches its point with a direct simplicity, not over-saturating the concept with muddling jargon and academic posturing. Secondly, I expected it to be a silly jokey read, on the basis of its silly jokey title. But almost whole of the book revolves around the notion of “authenticity”, a notion the author has drawn especially from Sartre and De Beauvoir. What do you think he would say about 21st-century politics particularly in the United States?