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The Essential Colin Wilson

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Gathers selections from the author's writings about saints, mystics, visionaries, the imagination, sexual ecstasy, the occult, consciousness, and extra-sensory perception.
248 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1986)
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Arwa
Sep 09, 2016 Arwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
A collection of essays taken from other books by the author.
Abdelrahman Badran
Colin Wilson for me is one of the most brilliant intellectuals around the world. In this book he discussed a lot of issues related to Existential Psychology and Peak Experience such as , self image and the outer world , imagination and how it affects reality, the relation between meaningfulness life and the power of will, how the nihilistic person react with bad news, masturbation and drinking from a psychological point of view, the obstacles that give us the meaningfulness and alertness, ...more
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Feb 22, 2014 Lachlan rated it really liked it
I've been in love with Colin Wilson's The Outsider for many years. This collection helped me dip my toes into some of his other work. Of particular interest is his desire to merge Maslow's psychology of 'peak experience' with existentialism / the problem of nihilism.

A great primer on Wilson's thought which has definitely added a few more of his books to my reading list.
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Colin Henry Wilson was born and raised in Leicester, England, U.K. He left school at 16, worked in factories and various occupations, and read in his spare time. When Wilson was 24, Gollancz published The Outsider (1956) which examines the role of the social 'outsider' in seminal works of various key literary and cultural figures. These include Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, ...more
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