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How to Be an Existentialist


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The second edition of Bloomsbury's best-selling guide to being an Existentialist in the 21st century

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Gary Cox has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is also an Honorary Research Fellow. He is author of How to Be a Philosopher (2010), The God Confusion (2014), Deep Thought (2015), a biography of Sartre, Existentialism and Excess (2016) and Cricket Ball: The Heart of the Game (2018)- all published by Bloomsbury.


Evangelises eloquently for a slightly revised version of Sartrean existentialism, nicely explaining much-worried about notions such as "authenticity" and "bad faith". Thus armed, one may face down absurdity and the inevitability of death in all those locations that irresistibly evoke them. * The Guardian *
An instructive, witty and entertaining guide to existentialism * Good Book Guide *
Think of it as a serious self-help book for the perplexed ... an absorbing book ... I found it a stimulating read, which forced me to re-think some of my current perceptions. * LeaderValues *
According to existentialists, selecting this book is an active choice for which the reader is responsible. Cox, who earned his doctorate in philosophy in the UK writing on Sartre, presents an accessible overview of this philosophical worldview, its path to living an authentic life, and existential counseling (which sounds akin to cognitive behavioral therapy) as a means to this end. The book includes suggested further reading. * Eithne, O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc. *
This is a good introduction for anyone interested in studying the philosophy of existentialism, and as a "handbook", it highlights the importance of personal freedoms, responsibility and the importance of making, and accepting, clear choices, whether they turn out to be right or wrong. -- The House Partnership
I have recommended How to be an Existentialist to many people and all have gained a clearer understanding of Sartre than they had before... Cox has achieved something extremely impressive here. He has written something short and simple while not losing any of the depth and subtlety. -- Existential Analysis
... Cox does a good job of explaining... abstruse ideas in language accessible to non-philosophers... [he] has produced a fine book that can be highly recommended. -- Morning Star

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