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Date of Publication: 2006
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Colin Wilson: Philosopher of Optimism Paperback – 12 Dec 2017

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Butterworth; 2nd Enlarged edition edition (12 Dec. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095526720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955267208
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Features an interview with Colin Wilson by an International "Herald Tribune" correspondent.

From the Inside Flap

A lively and compelling book to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Colin Wilson’s The Outsider.

The classic study of existential despair, The Outsider brought Wilson instant fame, followed by revilement by those same critics who had previously hailed him.

Now in his seventy-fourth year the writer and philosopher sums up his thinking. He brings new thoughts to bear on his work, and clearly illustrates the discoveries he has made, showing how these can provide an antidote to the pessimism of 20th Century thought.

At the core of his philosophy are the concepts of ‘intentionality’ and the ‘peak experience’. Wilson shows us that if we will only open our eyes and direct perception properly we can use our minds in the most positive sense, to change ourselves and the world around us.

Wilson also talks about his writings on philosophy, criminology and the occult. Sometimes controversial, often challenging and always interesting, this interview by writer and journalist Brad Spurgeon, conducted at the author’s home in Gorran Haven, near St Austell, in Cornwall, and the accompanying articles by Colin Wilson, provide an excellent overview for new readers. Those who already know his work and want to keep up to date will also welcome this book.

"Colin Wilson is a world-class thinker." The Sunday Times

"The individual who has a sense of detachment from the norms of his or her society must not fall prey to cynicism or hero-worship, but instead use this sense of alienation as the starting point for values and myths of one’s own invention, the true ‘outsider’ of which Wilson speaks." John Morgan

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