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By Gary Cox

How to Be an Existentialist is a witty and interesting booklet concerning the philosophy of existentialism. it's also a real self-help booklet supplying transparent suggestion on how one can stay in accordance with the foundations of existentialism formulated via Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, and the opposite nice existentialist philosophers. An assault on modern excuse tradition, the ebook urges us to stand the demanding existential truths of the human situation. via revealing that we're all inescapably loose and in charge - ‘condemned to be free,' as Sartre says - the publication goals to empower the reader with a pointy experience that we're every one the grasp of our personal future. Cox makes enjoyable of the popularity existentialism has for being gloomy and pessimistic, exposing it for what it truly is - a good, uplifting, and in all likelihood existence altering philosophy!


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23 and, as the evidence of life strongly suggests, if you destroy the brain you destroy the consciousness. However, this is not to say that consciousness is just brain activity; that consciousness is reducible to brain activity. When you see a certain area of neurons lit up and active on a brain scanner you are not seeing a person’s thoughts. All you know is that these neurons become active when he thinks of cream cakes and desires them. And if you delved into his brain you would not find his thoughts of distant mountains or his expectation of travelling there soon, and certainly you would not find a little picture of mountains inside his skull.

It now belongs to the Other for whom he has become an obscene object. What is Existentialism? 43 In catching him in the act the Other has caught his freedom and is at liberty to judge him as he pleases, to inflict meanings upon him – voyeur, pervert, dirty old man, fellow connoisseur. It must always be kept in mind when considering being-for-others that a person is Other for the Other and is therefore able to alienate the freedom of the Other in turn by transcending his transcendence. Controversially, existentialist philosophers tend to characterize human relationships as a ceaseless power struggle for domination and transcendence, arguing that the basis of all human relationships is conflict.

No worries. Move on. I’m sure you’ll get the general gist. The brain is more like the stomach than people think. It needs time to digest things and it may well be that the general gist will come to you later on when you’ve put What is Existentialism? 47 this book down, when you are out jogging, eating your supper or watching TV. The general gist of a thing often comes to me when I’m in the shower, not the most convenient place if I want to make notes. Interestingly, it’s often when we get right away from pens, paper and books that we do our best thinking.

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