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Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915, Chislehurst, Kent, England - November 16, 1973, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, California) was a philosopher, writer, and speaker. He wrote over twenty books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions and philosophies such as Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc. He also gave many lectures, seminars, and radio talks which are now on audio tape, and a number of TV and film talks which are now on videotape.


  • 1936 The Spirit of Zen
  • 1937 The Legacy of Asia and Western Man
  • 1940 The Meaning of Happiness
  • 1944 The Theologica Mystica of St. Dionysius
  • 1948 Behold the Spirit
  • 1950 Easter - Its Story and Meaning
  • 1950 The Supreme Identity
  • 1951 The Wisdom of Insecurity
  • 1953 Myth and Ritual in Christianity
  • 1957 The Way of Zen
  • 1958 Nature, Man, and Woman
  • 1960 "This Is It" and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience
  • 1961 Psychotherapy East and West
  • 1962 The Joyous Cosmology - Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness
  • 1963 The Two Hands of God - The Myths of Polarity
  • 1964 Beyond Theology - The Art of Godmanship
  • 1966 The Book - On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
  • 1967 Nonsense
  • 1970 Does It Matter? - Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality
  • 1971 Erotic Spirituality - The Vision of Konarak
  • 1972 The Art of Contemplation
  • 1972 In My Own Way - An Autobiography 1915-1965
  • 1973 Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown - A Mountain Journal
  • 1975 Tao: The Watercourse Way
  • 1987 The Early Writings of Alan Watts
  • 1990 The Modern Mystic: A New Collection of Early Writings


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