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Alan Watts--here and now : contributions to psychology, philosophy, and religion
Popular Features. New Releases. Notify me. Description 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 provided intellectual and spiritual alternatives that helped shape the Beat culture of the s and the counterculture of the s. 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. Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Thirty engaging pieces effectively represent his achievements in six broad areas of academic concern: language and mysticism, Buddhism and Zen, Christianity, comparative religion, psychedelics, and psychology and psychotherapy.
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The chapters on Buddhism and psychology will likely be most familiar to contemporary readers. Writing as a Christian intellectual before the debates over John A. His defense of the traditional Christian doctrine of marriage is potentially the most surprising piece in the entire collection.