Colin Wilson: Philosopher of Optimism

Colin Wilson, 2006(Colin Wilson 2006)


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Brad Spurgeon reads from his Introduction. Followed by a short extract from the interview with Colin Wilson at Gorran Haven.



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A lively, compelling and concise account at the battlefront of the fight against the pessimistic world-view. A book for anyone who wants to see how they can make a difference simply by the way they perceive the world.

Published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of The Outsider, Colin Wilson's classic study of existential despair.

Colin Wilson is one of the two original 'Angry Young Men'. Now in his seventy-fourth year the writer and philosopher sums up his thinking and beliefs, and brings new thoughts to bear on his subject.

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 fiction and his writings on criminology and the occult.

This interview by writer and International Herald Tribune journalist Brad Spurgeon was conducted at Wilson's home in Gorran Haven, near St Austell, in Cornwall. Sometimes controversial, often challenging, the dialogue and 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.

“An indispensable companion for anyone interested in the French existentialists.”

Paris Voice

“An ideal primer to the ideas of Colin Wilson.”

Western Daily Mail (UK)

“Brad Spurgeon asks searching questions and does a first rate job.”

Abraxas Magazine
(incorporating the Colin Wilson Newsletter)

“This is a nice little book that compliments the recent biography, ‘Dreaming to Some Purpose’.”

D M Mitchell