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It is also a genuine self-help book offering clear advice on how to live according to the principles of existentialism formulated by Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus and the other great existentialist philosophers. An attack on contemporary excuse culture, the book urges us to face the hard existential truths of the human condition. 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.
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. Cox makes fun of the reputation existentialism has for being gloomy and pessimistic, exposing it for what it really is - an honest, uplifting and potentially life changing philosophy.
Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Table of contents Introduction; 1. What is an Existentialist? What is Existentialism? How Not to Be an Existentialist; 4. How to Be Authentic; 5. Existential Counselling; Further Reading; Index.
Review Text "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. Review quote "Think of it as a serious self-help book for the perplexed I found it a stimulating read, which forced me to rethink some of my current perceptions. He is the author of several book on philosophers, philosophy and philosophising, including How to Be a Philosopher Continuum, Rating details.
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Gary Cox born , England  is a British philosopher and biographer and the author of several books on Jean-Paul Sartre , existentialism , general philosophy , ethics and philosophy of sport. A Philosophy graduate of the University of Southampton , UK, he was awarded his PhD in from the University of Birmingham , UK, for his thesis on Jean-Paul Sartre's theory of consciousness, freedom and bad faith  and is an honorary research fellow of that same university. In , Cox continued his efforts to popularise philosophy in the UK with the publication of How to Be a Philosopher, or How to Be Almost Certain that Almost Nothing is Certain , a beginners' guide to philosophy written in the same accessible, popular style as How to Be an Existentialist. In Cox published The God Confusion , a controversial book exploring questions concerning the idea and existence of God that is critical of both theism and atheism and advocates agnosticism as the only tenable philosophical position.