Alan Watts–Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, by Peter J. Columbus,Donadrian L. Rice

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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 was once a massive impression on American tradition through the latter half the 20th century. A philosopher attuned to the religious malaise affecting the Western brain, Watts (1915–1973) supplied highbrow and religious choices that assisted in shaping the Beat tradition of the Nineteen Fifties and the counterculture of the Sixties. popular for introducing Buddhist and Daoist spirituality to a large Western viewers, he additionally wrote on psychology, mysticism, and psychedelic adventure. Many idolized Watts as a guru-mystic, but he used to be additionally brushed aside as intellectually shallow and as an insignificant popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). either serious and appreciative, this edited quantity locates Watts on the leading edge of significant paradigmatic shifts in Western highbrow existence. individuals 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 carefully reevaluate Watts in mild of resulting scholarship, is a nourishing addition to the small literature in this complicated and drastically influential individual.” — PsycCRITIQUES

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

“Watts used to be a stunningly superb writer—far greater than virtually an individual writing then or now; he essentially had grasped ‘the essence of Zen.’ each essay during this ebook throws new mild at the relevance of his principles for this day, and those written by means of those who find themselves additionally ancient figures within the circles Watts moved in and wrote out of provide attention-grabbing ancient tidbits. I enthusiastically suggest this book.” — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the US and the faith of No Religion

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

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

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