The Existentialist's Guide to Death, the Universe and Nothingness

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 17, 2011 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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The Existentialist's Guide to Death, the Universe and Nothingness is an entertaining philosophical guide to life, love, hate, freedom, sex, anxiety, God and death; a guide to everything and nothing. Gary Cox, bestselling author of How to Be an Existentialist and How to Be a Philosopher, takes us on an exciting journey through the central themes of existentialism, a philosophy of the human condition. The Existentialist's Guide fascinates, informs, provokes and inspires as it explores existentialism's uncompromising view of human reality. It leaves the reader with no illusions about how hard it is to live honestly and achieve authenticity. It has, however, a redeeming humour that sets the wisdom of the great existentialist philosophers alongside the wit of great musicians and comedians. A realistic self-help book for anyone interested in personal empowerment, The Existentialist's Guide offers a wealth of profound philosophical insight into life, the universe and everything.
 

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I had no idea what Existentialism was before this book, and I now have a great understanding of it. Well written and grabs you attention. A must read for anyone interested in this philosophy

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Existentialists and Existentialism
5
Chapter 2 The Universe
11
Chapter 3 Nothingness
18
Chapter 4 Consciousness and Lack
23
Chapter 5 Time
32
Chapter 6 Freedom and Choice
38
Chapter 7 Anxiety and Vertigo
49
Chapter 13 The Body
107
Chapter 14 Love and Hate
114
Chapter 15 Sexual Desire
122
Chapter 16 Marriage
130
Chapter 17 Emotions
135
Chapter 18 Contingency and Absurdity
146
Chapter 19 God
151
Chapter 20 Death
160

Chapter 8 Bad Faith
55
Chapter 9 Responsibility
64
Chapter 10 Authenticity
69
Chapter 11 Children and Childhood
80
Chapter 12 Other People
95

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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 The Sartre Dictionary (2000), Sartre and Fiction (2009), Sartre: A Guide for the Perplexed (2006), How to Be an Existentialist (2011), How to Be a Philosopher (2014), The God Confusion (2015), Deep Thought, (2015) and Existentialism and Excess: The Life and Times of Jean-Paul Sartre (2016) all published by Bloomsbury.

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