Alan Watts Essays And Lectures

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors’ Preface

Introduction: Alan Watts and the Academic Enterprise
Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice

Part I: Language and Mysticism

1. On the Meaning and Relation of Absolute and Relative (1950)

2. The Negative Way (1951)

3. The Language of Metaphysical Experience: The Sense of Non-Sense (1953)

4. On Philosophical Synthesis (1953)

5. Philosophy beyond Words (1975)

Part II: Buddhism and Zen

6. The Problem of Faith and Works in Buddhism (1941).

7. Zen (1948)

8. The Way of Liberation in Zen Buddhism (1955)

9. Beat Zen, Square Zen, and Zen (1958)

10. Zen and Politics (1962)

11. Prefatory Essay to Suzuki’s Outlines of Mahayana Buddhism (1963)

Part III: Christianity

12. Theologia Mystica (1944)

13. The Case for God (1946)

14. The Meaning of Priesthood (1946)

15. The Christian Doctrine of Marriage (1946)

Part IV: Comparative Religion

16. Worship in Sacrament and Silence (1964/1971)

17. Western Mythology: Its Dissolution and Transformation (1970)

18. The Future of Religion (1970)

19. Unity in Contemplation (1974)

Part V: Psychedelics

20. The Individual as Man/World (1963)

21. A Psychedelic Experience: Fact or Fantasy? (1964) 

22. Psychedelics and Religious Experience (1968) 

23. Ordinary Mind is the Way (1971) 

Part VI: Psychology and Psychotherapy

24. Asian Psychology and Modern Psychiatry (1953)

25. Convention, Conflict, and Liberation: Further Observations on Asian Psychology and Modern Psychiatry (1956)

26. Eternity as the Unrepressed Body (1959)

27. Oriental and Occidental Approaches to the Nature of Man (1962)

28. The Woman in Man (1963) 

29. An Interview with Alan Watts (with Philip D. Ungerer) (1969)

30. Psychotherapy and Eastern Religion: Metaphysical Bases of Psychiatry (1974)          

Appendix A
List of Contributors

Academic Journal Articles (About Watts)

Solomon, L. N. E. (1962). A Symposium on Human Values. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 2(2): pp. 89-111.

Gorham, D. R. (1963). The New World of Superconsciousness—A Book Review of The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Watts, Timothy Leary, and Richard Alpert (1962). Contemporary Psychology, 8(1): 22-23.

Brannigan, M. C. (1977). Alan Watts’ Metaphysical Language: Positivity in Negative Concepts. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 8: pp. 341-350.

Nordstrom, L. and Pilgrim, R. (1980). The Wayward Mysticism of Alan Watts. Philosophy East and West, 30(3): pp. 381-401.

Brannigan, M. C. (1982). The Theory of Non-Duality in the Philosophy of Alan Watts. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica 13: pp. 241-251.

Klee, J. B. (1986). Communing with Alan Watts. The Humanistic Psychologist, 14(2): pp. 118-119.

Columbus, P. J. (1985). A Response to Nordstrom and Pilgrim’s Critique of Alan Watts’ Mysticism. The Humanistic Psychologist, 13(1): pp. 28-34.

Fischer, C. T. (2012). Review of Alan Watts—Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion. Choice, November: p. 462.

Gordon, S. (2012). Existential Time and the Meaning of Human Development. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(1): pp. 79-86.

Heide, F. J. (2013). A Lamp Unto Himself: Alan Watts and the Illumination of Spirit—A Book Review of Alan Watts—Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion [P. J. Columbus and D. L. Rice (Eds.)] PsycCRITIQUES 58(1): article 7.

Smith, D. L. (2014). How to be a Genuine Fake: Her, Alan Watts, and the Problem of the Self. Journal of Religion & Film, 18(2).

Bennett, J. (2015). Alan Watts’ ‘Dramatic Model’ and the Pursuit of Peace. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 335-344.

Chase, C. W. (2015). Square Gnosis, Beat Eros: Alan Watts and the Occultism of Aquarian Religion. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 322-334.

Cohen, K. S. (2015). You Can Tell a Yogi by His Laugh: Reminiscences of Alan Watts’ Last Summer. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 299-310.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Alan Watts: A Bibliographic Resource. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 354-358.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Special Theme Symposium: Alan Watts. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 295-297.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Psychotherapy East and West: A Retrospective Review, Part I – 1961–1970. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 345-353.

Ferlinghetti, L. (2015). Litany (for Alan Watts). Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 298-298.

Gordon, S. (2015). Alan Watts and Neurophenomenology. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 311-321.

Columbus, P. J. (2017). “Guest Editor’s Introduction: Alan Watts, again.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 231-232.

Columbus, P. J. (2017). “Psychotherapy East and West: a retrospective review, part II.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 276-282.

Franklin, E. F. and P. J. Columbus (2017). “Jung Watts: notes on C.G. Jung’s formative influence on Alan Watts.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 267-275.

Garrett-Farb, B. (2017). An Aesthetic Appreciation of Alan Watts. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 57(1): pp. 33-63

Ostdiek, G. (2017). “Alan Watts and secular competence in religious praxis.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 256-266.

Sanders, C. J. (2017). “Alan Watts and the re-visioning of psychotherapy.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 244-255.

Shipley, M. (2017). “‘A critique of culture’: Alan Watts, psychedelic Buddhism, and religious play in postwar America.” Self & Society, 45(3-4): 233-243.

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