Alan Wattsâ Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion

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Peter J. Columbus, Donadrian L. Rice
SUNY Press, Jun 13, 2012 - Philosophy - 263 pages
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Considers the contributions and contemporary significance of Alan Watts.

Alan Watts—Here and Now explores the intellectual legacy and continuing relevance of a prolific writer and speaker who was a major influence on American culture during the latter half of the twentieth century. A thinker attuned to the spiritual malaise affecting the Western mind, Watts (1915–1973) provided intellectual and spiritual alternatives that helped shape the Beat culture of the 1950s and the counterculture of the 1960s. Well known for introducing Buddhist and Daoist spirituality to a wide Western audience, he also wrote on psychology, mysticism, and psychedelic experience. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, yet he was also dismissed as intellectually shallow and as a mere popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). Both critical and appreciative, this edited volume locates Watts at the forefront of major paradigmatic shifts in Western intellectual life. Contributors explore how Watts’s work resonates in present-day scholarship on psychospiritual transformation, Buddhism and psychotherapy, Daoism in the West, phenomenology and hermeneutics, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and ecofeminism, among other areas.
 

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Contents

A New Look at Alan Watts
1
Alan Watts Anticipation of Four Major Debates in the Psychology of Religion
25
Alan Watts The Immediate Magic of God
43
Phenomenological Exegeses of Alan Watts Transcendental and Hermeneutic Strategies ...
59
The Psychedelic Adventures of Alan Watts
83
From the Joyous Cosmology to the Watercourse Way An Appreciation of Alan Watts
103
Alan Watts and the Neuroscience of Transcendence
123
Listening to the Rain Embodied Awareness in Watts
149
Alan Watts on Nature Gender and Sexuality A Contemporary View
163
Contributions and Conundrums in the Psychospiritual Transformation of Alan Watts
183
Buddhist Wisdom in the West A FiftyYear Perspective on the Contributions of Alan Watts ...
203
Watercourse Way Still Flowing with Alan Watts
219
Contributors
233
Index
237
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Peter J. Columbus is Administrator of the Shantigar Foundation in Rowe, Massachusetts. Donadrian L. Rice is Professor of Psychology at the University of West Georgia. They are also the coeditors of Psychology of the Martial Arts.

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