‘This is IT’: Alan Watts and the visionary tradition

Laurence Coupe

in Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071126
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702079 | DOI:
‘This is IT’: Alan Watts and the visionary tradition

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This chapter examines Alan Watts' relationship with the Beats, as well as Christianity, which is the dominant religion of North America, and its common points with the philosophies of Hinduism, Zen, Taoism and Buddhism. It takes note of Watts' doubts about the Beats' spiritual authenticity and discusses his philosophy, which is rooted in the tradition of the American Transcendentalists, where mysticism is considered to be the most important goal of religion.

Keywords: Alan Watts; Christianity; spiritual authenticity; philosophy; American Transcendentalists; mysticism

Chapter.  13342 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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