By Peter J. Columbus,Donadrian L. Rice

Considers the contributions and modern importance of Alan Watts.

Alan Watts—Here and Now explores the highbrow legacy and carrying on with relevance of a prolific author and speaker who used to be an incredible impression on American tradition in the course of the latter 1/2 the 20th century. A philosopher attuned to the non secular malaise affecting the Western brain, Watts (1915–1973) supplied highbrow and religious choices that contributed to shaping the Beat tradition of the Nineteen Fifties and the counterculture of the Nineteen Sixties. popular for introducing Buddhist and Daoist spirituality to a large Western viewers, he additionally wrote on psychology, mysticism, and psychedelic event. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, but he was once additionally pushed aside as intellectually shallow and as a trifling popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). either severe and appreciative, this edited quantity locates Watts on the leading edge of significant paradigmatic shifts in Western highbrow lifestyles. participants discover how Watts’s paintings resonates in present-day scholarship on psychospiritual transformation, Buddhism and psychotherapy, Daoism within the West, phenomenology and hermeneutics, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, mysticism, and ecofeminism, between different areas.

“This quantity, designed to scrupulously reevaluate Watts in gentle of resulting scholarship, is a nourishing addition to the small literature in this advanced and tremendously influential individual.” — PsycCRITIQUES

“Columbus and Rice have prepare a quantity that's good conceived, good written, good edited, and available to undergraduates in addition to scholars.” — CHOICE

“Watts was once a stunningly superb writer—far higher than virtually someone writing then or now; he sincerely had grasped ‘the essence of Zen.’ each essay during this e-book throws new mild at the relevance of his principles for this day, and those written via those who find themselves additionally old figures within the circles Watts moved in and wrote out of supply interesting historic tidbits. I enthusiastically suggest this book.” — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the United States and the faith of No Religion

Peter J. Columbus is Administrator of the Shantigar beginning in Rowe, Massachusetts.

Donadrian L. Rice is Professor of Psychology on the college of West Georgia. also they are the coeditors of Psychology of the Martial Arts.

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