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Beyond the Outsider Paperback – Aug 1965

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1st edition (Aug. 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330231138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330231138
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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255pp , IN ENGLISH, ABOUT THE AUTHOR :: Colin Henry Wilson (born June 26, 1931 in Leicester ) is a writer from the UK , as well as a prominent philosopher. The main themes of his work are misticismo.Tras crime and the initial success of the first work of Colin Wilson , critics rejected Religion and the Rebel ( 1957 ) . Time magazine published a review with a review negativa.9 After The Outsider Wilson works concentrated on the positive aspects of human psychology and the value of experience and narrowness of consciousness. Admired the humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow and corresponded with him. Wilson wrote The War Against Sleep : The Philosophy of Gurdjieff about life , work and philosophy of GI Gurdjieff accessible to Greek-Armenian mystic in 1980. Throughout his work introduction discusses the existentialist approach to defeat or nausea provides a partial representation of reality and there is no particular reason to accept it. Wilson believes that everyday perception is affected by the intensity of the moment and can not be accepted for the truth about reality. The reason a posteriori has evolutionary advantage that prevents us get carried entirely by the blast or the emotions of the moment. To live properly we need access to more than just the everyday perceptions. Wilson believes that the experiences of pleasure and meaning are as real as our experiences anxiety, and due to the experience of the moment , are more real . The experience can be cultivated through concentration , attention , relaxation and certain types of work . Wilson says that compulsive crime is the manifestation of a pathological attempt to get the experience of pleasure through violence. This drives the criminal to greater extremes of violence or a desire to be caught .. Colin Wilson has written books on metaphysical and occult themes. In 1971 he published The Occult : A History ( reissued in Spain by Arcana Books in 2006 , entitled the Unseen ), performing an exegesis of Aleister Cr

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By movedbymortensen on 13 Aug. 2014
Far more fun to read than ploughing through all those heavyweight Philosophers who do need a Professor to explain what they were all waffling on about. Though it helps to have them too. Wilson picks out the tasty meat from their bones and shares a multiplicity of flavours on the same plate. He also has a wry sense of humour and knows what he knows he knows. I did have to spend a little while on the pc finding out several names I'd never heard of... but that is good. He's cut the chapters down to a good size, the book is pocketable or handbagable... and can be read while waiting for buses or trains... It is informative, sensible, deep and light, and a start on trying again to begin to find the reason for our desiring a 'Reason' - or the 'Non-reason' for 'Life'.
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I quite understand the need for a simple, unpatronising introduction into what is often a difficult subject but this is not ideal as Wilson's philosophical credentials are not tip-top and he flounders rather. Of course if you are quite academic Betrand Russell's 'A History of Western Philosophy' or D.W. Hamlyn's are decent if not unbiased entrees ( especially Russell on Nietzsche where the Lord disgraces himself). I would try instead any of Bryan Magee's books, introductory since 'Men of Ideas' is the transcription of interviews as eminent scholars speak to Magee, avowedly for a lay audience. In his intellectual autobiography, 'Confessions of a Philosopher' interest is kindled as we see the growth of a curious mind, (that's 'Confessions' as in J.J. Rousseau not Robin Askwith, by the way), and through his life you are led gently into his growing mind. I am afraid Wilson doesn't understand and hasn't the depth or breadth of knowledge to provide a proper way into philosophy per se. This title rather shamelessly adverts to his stunning debut, which in itself speaks volumes since that book wasn't a distinguished contribution to philosophy, they are its weakest parts in fact. Fair play for trying, but Magee is far better as a guide and he is not difficult.
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By Helen on 21 Oct. 2014
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excellent thanks
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