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Laurence Coupe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071126

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.001.0001

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

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

(p.22) 1 ‘This is IT’: Alan Watts and the visionary tradition
Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Laurence Coupe

Manchester University Press

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

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