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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 used to be a massive effect on American tradition in the course of the latter 1/2 the 20th century. A philosopher attuned to the religious malaise affecting the Western brain, Watts (1915–1973) supplied highbrow and non secular choices that contributed to shaping the Beat tradition of the 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 off as intellectually shallow and as a trifling popularizer of Asian religions (the “Norman Vincent Peale of Zen”). either serious and appreciative, this edited quantity locates Watts on the vanguard of significant paradigmatic shifts in Western highbrow lifestyles. participants 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 components. “Columbus and Rice have prepare a quantity that's good conceived, good written, good edited, and available to undergraduates in addition to scholars.” — selection “Watts used to be a stunningly awesome writer—far larger than nearly a person writing then or now; he sincerely had grasped ‘the essence of Zen.’ each essay during this e-book throws new mild at the relevance of his principles for this day, and those written by means of those people who are additionally old figures within the circles Watts moved in and wrote out of provide interesting historic tidbits. I enthusiastically suggest this book.” — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Esalen: the USA and the faith of No faith Peter J. Columbus is Administrator of the Shantigar origin in Rowe, Massachusetts. Donadrian L. Rice is Professor of Psychology on the college of West Georgia. also they are the coeditors of Psychology of the Martial Arts.

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In the Muslim world, philosophers like al-Farabi, Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and Ibn Rushd (Averroes)were wholehearted followers of what they saw as the universal science of reason. They found in it an assured road to truth. It opened up horizons of the mind, by comparison with which the way of religion seemed to them intellectually all too parochial and limited. Still, they were obliged to make sense of religion through the very concepts and terminology of philosophy. In this way, they tried to reconcile their own commitment to rational inquirywith the plain fact that the mass of society would always need to subscribe unquestioningly to religious doctrine and law.

I look into the heart, whether it is humble, no matter if the words be un-humble. For the heart is the essence; speech an accident. 8 The Poetics of Religous Experience 37 We should note here, first, the contrast between the voices of Moses and the shepherd. Moses speaks with the stern precision of a lawgiver, ajudge. He rebukes the shepherd for his artless speech, his colloquial ardour. In the process, he passes easily into speaking on behalf of God the Judge. While he speaks about God, he seems so certain of the standards of divine judgement, that he talks as if in the voice of God.

We do not equate them with the findings of the natural or social sciences. To this extent, science combats myth.

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