Relevance of Alan Watts in Contemporary Culture

  • Peter J. Columbus
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Whilst accounting for the present-day popularity and relevance of Alan Watts' contributions to psychology, religion, arts, and humanities, this interdisciplinary collection grapples with the ongoing criticisms which surround Watts' life and work. Offering rich examination of as yet underexplored aspects of Watts' influence in 1960s counterculture, this volume offers unique application of Watts' thinking to contemporary issues and critically engages with controversies surrounding the commodification of Watts' ideas, his alleged misreading of Biblical texts, and his apparent distortion of Asian religions and spirituality. Featuring a broad range of international contributors and bringing Watts' ideas squarely into the contemporary context, the text provides a comprehensive, yet nuanced exploration of Watts' thinking on psychotherapy, Buddhism, language, music, and sexuality. This text will benefit researchers, doctoral students, and academics in the fields of psychotherapy, phenomenology, and the philosophy of psychology more broadly. Those interested in Jungian psychotherapy, spirituality, and the self and social identity will also enjoy this volume.
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Editor's Introduction Alan Watts in the Twenty-first Century Peter J. Columbus Part 1: Humanistic Psychology Chapter One Jung Watts: Notes on C. G. Jung's Formative Influence on Alan Watts Ellen F. Franklin & Peter J. Columbus Chapter Two Alan Watts and the Re-visioning of Psychotherapy Colin James Sanders Chapter Three Psychotherapy East and West: A Retrospective Review Peter J. Columbus Chapter Four Alan Watts and Neurophenomenology Susan Gordon Chapter Five Alan Watts and the Infinite Game: Playing Everything Nathan L. Hulsey Part 2: Comparative Religion and Philosophy Chapter Six Alan Watts, Psychedelic Buddhism, and Religious Play in Postwar America Morgan Shipley Chapter Seven Alan Watts and the Occultism of Aquarian Religion: Square Gnosis, Beat Eros Christopher W. Chase Chapter Eight Alan Watts and Secular Competence in Religious Praxis Gerald Ostdiek Chapter Nine The Holistic Negation of Alan Watts: Reclaiming Value in the Void Adrian Moore Chapter Ten Alan Watts' "Dramatic Model" and the Pursuit of Peace Juliet Bennet Part 3: Arts & Humanities Chapter Eleven Reminiscences of Alan Watts' Last Summer - "You Can Tell a Yogi by His Laugh" Kenneth S. Cohen Chapter Twelve Literary Nonsense as Enactment of Alan Watts' Philosophy - "Not just blathering balderdash" Michael Heyman Chapter Thirteen Alan Watts, Ali Akbar Khan, and Hindustani Music in the Psychedelic Sixties Samuel B. Cushman Chapter Fourteen Alan Watts and his Queer Readers: Not So Strange Bedfellows Philip Longo Editor's Conclusion Alan Watts: A Revised Bibliographic Resource Peter J. Columbus
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"Columbus (formerly, Assumption College; Greenfield Community College; currently, Shantigar Foundation) brings together a rich collection of 14 essays concerning the place of Alan Watts's thought in humanistic psychology, comparative religion and philosophy, and the arts and humanities. Watts was a synoptic thinker, a brilliant synthesizer of ideas from the Daoist and Zen traditions (and beyond), but he remains a figure whose contribution is shrouded by controversy. Some scholars have waved him aside as no more than an opportunistic guru or an Orientalist appropriator, but others, such as the contributors to this volume, see his relevance for fields as diverse as psychotherapy, music theory, and queer theory. The majority of the essays appeared in 2017 in special issues of the academic journal Self & Society, yet here the editor usefully reframes them in terms of future directions for research. An introduction develops Watts's relationship to 20th-century existentialism and to the current milieu of consumer capitalism. This book will be most valuable to scholars of psychology and the history of religion and to practitioners of psychotherapy who wish to broaden their therapeutic possibilities to encompass the contemporary space of mindfulness-informed practice." - M. Uebel, University of Texas, CHOICE Optional "Columbus (formerly, Assumption College; Greenfield Community College; currently, Shantigar Foundation) brings together a rich collection of 14 essays concerning the place of Alan Watts's thought in humanistic psychology, comparative religion and philosophy, and the arts and humanities. Watts was a synoptic thinker, a brilliant synthesizer of ideas from the Daoist and Zen traditions (and beyond), but he remains a figure whose contribution is shrouded by controversy. Some scholars have waved him aside as no more than an opportunistic guru or an Orientalist appropriator, but others, such as the contributors to this volume, see his relevance for fields as diverse as psychotherapy, music theory, and queer theory. The majority of the essays appeared in 2017 in special issues of the academic journal Self & Society, yet here the editor usefully reframes them in terms of future directions for research. An introduction develops Watts's relationship to 20th-century existentialism and to the current milieu of consumer capitalism. This book will be most valuable to scholars of psychology and the history of religion and to practitioners of psychotherapy who wish to broaden their therapeutic possibilities to encompass the contemporary space of mindfulness-informed practice." - M. Uebel, University of Texas, CHOICE Optional
Productdetails
Uitgavejaar 2023
ISBN 9780367640385
Serie Routledge Research in Psychology
Verschijningsdatum 9 jan. 2023
Omvang 244
Auteur(s) Peter J. Columbus
Bindwijze Paperback
Taal Engels

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