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Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Works: 1,060 works in 3,300 publications in 10 languages and 46,831 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Autobiographies  Myths  Controversial literature  Personal correspondence  Records and correspondence 
Subject Headings: Philosophers 
Roles: Author, Performer, Commentator, Narrator, Author of introduction, Creator, Other, Editor, Originator
Classifications: BL1432.Z4, 294.3927
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Alan Watts
The way of Zen by Alan Watts( Book )

110 editions published between 1957 and 2019 in 9 languages and held by 2,793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Parallel title in Japanese characters. An introducition to the history of Zen Buddhism
The book : on the taboo against knowing who you are by Alan Watts( Book )

65 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on the nature of self
The philosophies of Asia : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This compilation offers a unique synthesis of the traditional branches of Eastern thought by drawing upon their historical connections and common foundations in mystical experience
The wisdom of insecurity by Alan Watts( Book )

63 editions published between 1951 and 2012 in English and held by 1,425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Whosoever would save his soul shall lose it." This book is an exploration of this law in relation to man's quest for psychological and intellectual certainty in religion and philosophy
Psychotherapy : East and West by Alan Watts( Book )

68 editions published between 1961 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Marking a groundbreakingsynthesis, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, could, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions, free people from their battles with the self. When psychotherapy merely helps us adjust to social norms, Watts argued, it falls short of true liberation, while Eastern philosophy seeks our natural relation to the cosmos
Myth and ritual in Christianity by Alan Watts( Book )

42 editions published between 1953 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analysis of Christian symbolism showing how the pattern of Christian ritual developed from the events of the Old and New Testaments
Does it matter? Essays on man's relation to materiality by Alan Watts( Book )

21 editions published between 1968 and 2010 in English and held by 1,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the political, social, and cultural history of the African continent as well as the diversity of its geography and peoples. Also discusses the possible effects of independence on the future of the continent and on world affairs
The spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far East by Alan Watts( Book )

69 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in English and held by 1,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature, man, and woman by Alan Watts( Book )

80 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, the author ... makes an important contribution to our understanding of man's place in the natural world. No man, he shows, is fit to control nature unless he feels himself to be a part of it, fully aware that seemingly individual things, including himself, are in fact inseparably related to events. Hostility to nature is characteristic of our culture, and is the root of our personal anxiety and loneliness, our fear of feeling, and our reluctance to love. Mr. Watts discusses the origins of this alienation from nature in Christianity and Western thought, contrasted with the Chinese philosophy of the Tao and its vision of nature as an organic whole in which man is fully included and feels at home. The love of man and woman is seen as a sacramental means of overcoming our estrangement from life, and Mr. Watts writes both as a poet and philosopher to give a deeply moving description of the sense of man's identity with nature in everyday life as well as in the act of love."--Page [4] of cover
Buddhism, the religion of no-religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of lectures given by Alan Watts from 1965-1969, exploring Buddhism from its roots in India to the beginning of Western interest in Zen and the Tibetan tradition
Taoism : way beyond seeking : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Still the mind : an introduction to meditation by Alan Watts( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Watts compiled this book from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered across the country. In three parts, Alan Watts - the author of The Way of Zen and The Joyous Cosmology - explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally. Meditation guru Alan Watts was recorded in the 1970s giving talks on emptying the mind of worry, stress, and guilt. With eloquent yet spontaneous, practical language, the author says real living is possible when we attend to the moments between thoughts, the moments we usually fill with clutter. This emotional busyness stems from the illusion that we have important responsibilities - that things will fall apart without our constant attention. By accepting a more humble place in the universe, we become more fully interactive with the energy of the universe and become a more effective channel for what it wants us to do. Watts's work is a marvelous and historically significant chapter in the development of American Buddhism and the meditative life
The Tao of philosophy : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring the edited transcripts of eight lectures delivered by Alan Watts from 1960 to 1973. The Tao of Philosophy offers a rich introduction to the wit and wisdom of one of the foremost philosophers of the twentieth century
The two hands of God : the myths of polarity by Alan Watts( Book )

44 editions published between 1963 and 2020 in English and French and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alan Watts is today remembered as a trailblazing interpreter of Eastern philosophy, but The Two Hands of God reveals a different side of his multifaceted genius. In this ambitious work, Watts takes readers on a fascinating journey through the mythology of China, Egypt, India, the Middle East, and Medieval Europe. His theme is the human experience of polarity, a condition in which opposing qualities define and complement each other. Light cannot exist without darkness, good cannot exist without evil, and male cannot exist without female. Chinese philosophy expresses this idea of universal polarity with the concepts of yin and yang, while other cultures express it through the symbolic language of myth, literature, and art. Watts illustrates the way great sages and artists across time have seen beyond the apparent duality of the universe to find a deeper unity that transcends and embraces everything."--Publisher's description
Myth and religion : the edited transcripts by Alan Watts( )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dynamic collection of edited transcripts begins with Not What Should Be, But What Is! In this powerful talk on the contrasts between classical Eastern and traditional Western mythologies, Watts questions whether the image of a divine patriarch is still intellectually plausible in light of our ever growing understanding of the universe. He then takes a revealing look at the mystical origins of Christianity in Jesus - His Religion, Or the Religion About Him? and explores how Christianity has diverged historically from those teachings in a brilliant and well researched critique of the Church. In Democracy in the Kingdom of Heaven Watts then carries his inquiry one step further, and asks if indeed a monarchical religion still makes sense in a democratic society. Watts takes a fascinating look at the ultimately anthropomorphic quality of man's view of his god in Images of Man. Here he is only half kidding when he says that "In the beginning there was Man, and he created God in his image," pointing to the highly subjective nature of our inquiry into the highest orders of reality. In the final chapter, Religion and Sexuality, Watts again looks at organized religion, but with more than a touch of humor as he suggests that churches today are sexual regulation societies, and precious little else. To make this point Watts asks, "How else can you get thrown out?" He then goes on to discuss the social implications of the Church's investment in moral issues, and demonstrates that this may in fact be a ploy to cover up for the lack of any substantial religious teaching in organized religion today
Tao : the watercourse way by Alan Watts( Book )

11 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on ancient and modern sources, Watts treats the Chinese philosophy of Tao in much the same way as he did Zen Buddhism in his classic The Way of Zen. Critics agree that this last work stands as a perfect monument to the life and literature of Alan Watts.--Publisher description
Behold the spirit : a study in the necessity of mystical religion by Alan Watts( Book )

36 editions published between 1947 and 2011 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of contemporary Christianity which emphasizes the importance of union with God rather than a knowledge of doctrine
This is it, and other essays on Zen and spiritual experience by Alan Watts( Book )

52 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The six essays in this volume all deal with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life. The title essay on "cosmic consciousness" includes the author's account of his own ventures into this inward realm. "Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety" is a study of the paradoxes of self-consciousness; "Spiritually and Sensuality," a lively discussion of the false opposition of spirit and matter; and "The New Alchemy," a balanced account of states of consciousness akin to spiritual experience induced by the aid of lysergic acid. The collection also includes the text of Watts' celebrated pamphlet, "Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen." From the Paperback edition
Alan Watts--in the academy : essays and lectures by Alan Watts( )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To commemorate the 2015 centenary of the birth of Alan Watts (1915?1973), Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice have assembled a much-needed collection of Watts?s scholarly essays and lectures. Compiled from professional journals, monographs, scholarly books, conferences, and symposia proceedings, the volume sheds valuable light on the developmental arc of Watts?s thinking about language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy. This definitive collection challenges Watts?s reputation as a?popularizer? or?philosophical entertainer,? revealing his concerns to be much more expansive and transdisciplinary than is suggested by the parochial?Zen Buddhist? label commonly affixed to his writings. The editors? authoritative introduction elucidates contemporary perspectives on Watts?s life and work, and supports a bold rethinking of his contributions to psychology, philosophy, and religion
The joyous cosmology; adventures in the chemistry of consciousness by Alan Watts( Book )

28 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosopher Alan Watts describes his experiences with consciousness-changing drugs and the levels of insight that they can facilitate, illuminating questions about the nature of existence and the existence of the sacred. Originally published in 1962; new edition includes article on psychedelics written for the California Law Review"--Provided by publisher
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The way of Zen
The book : on the taboo against knowing who you areThe philosophies of Asia : the edited transcriptsThe wisdom of insecurityPsychotherapy : East and WestMyth and ritual in ChristianityDoes it matter? Essays on man's relation to materialityThe spirit of Zen : a way of life, work and art in the Far EastNature, man, and woman
Alternative Names
Alan Uots

Alan Watts

Alan Watts anglický básník, filosof a spisovatel

Alan Watts Britanyalı filozof, yazar ve karşılaştırmalı dinler uzmanı

Alan Watts British populariser of eastern religious philosophy, writer and speaker

Alan Watts Brits filosoof

Alan Watts englischer Religionsphilosoph und Priester, Professor und Dekan

Alan Watts Filósofo e escritor britânico

Alan Watts filosofo inglese

Alan Watts Personalidad Espiritual

Alan Watts spisovateľ, kňaz, filozof

Alan Wilson Watts

Alans Votss

Votss, Alans 1915-1973

Watts A.

Watts A. 1915-1973

Watts A. W. 1915-1973

Watts Alan

Watts , Alan <1915-1973>

Watts, Alan Esoteriker 1915-1973

Watts Alan W.

Watts Alan W. 1915-1973

Watts, Alan W. (Alan Wilson), 1915-1973

Watts Alan Wilson

Watts Alan Wilson 1915-1973

Watts Alan Witson

Watts, Allen 1915-1973

Wilson Watts, Alan 1915-1973

Алан Ватс

Алан Вотс англиски филозоф, писател и говорник

Алан Воттс

Алън Уотс

Алън Уотс британски популяризатор на източната философия

Уотс А. 1915-1973

Уотс А. У. 1915-1973

Уотс Алан

Уотс, Алан 1915-1973

Уотс Алан В.

Уоттс А.

Уоттс Алан

אלאן ווטס

אלן ווטס סופר בריטי

ווטס, אלן וילסון 1915-1973

וטס, אלן וילסון

ألان ويلسون واتس

ألان ويلسون واتس فيلسوف بريطاني

آلن واتس نویسنده، الهی‌دان، و فیلسوف بریتانیایی

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알란, 왓츠 1915-1973

앨런 와츠 1915-1973

와츠, 앨런 1915-1973

왓츠, 앨런 W. 1915-1973


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