Colin Wilson revitalised existentialism with a completely new approach to the philosophy. The six volumes of his ‘Outsider’ series created an existentialism that is not paralysed by its own nihilism. This book, first published in 1966, is a clear summary of the ideas of the ‘Outsider’ cycle, and also develops them to a new stage. Wilson’s ‘new existentialism’ sees philosophy as an intellectual adventure that aims at a real command and control of human existence, and this book is its clearest exponent.
Part 1. The Crisis in Modern Thought 1. The Old Existentialism 2. What is Phenomenology? 3. The Meaning of Husserl’s Revolution 4. The New Picture of the Universe Part 2. The New Existentialism 5. The Man in the Fog 6. The Extension of Consciousness 7. Inside the Dark Room 8. Language and Values 9. Everyday Consciousness is a Liar 10. The Power of the Spectre
This set collects together a vital selection of works on Existentialism, including the key Introduction to the New Existentialism by Colin Wilson. Some of the titles were early works written as this new philosophy spread into the English language, while others are more recent examinations.