Alan Watts – Introduction To Eastern Philosophy

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer and speaker, known for popularising eastern philosophy in western culture in the 1950’s. I first stumbled across his work when I was about seventeen after watching a video clip from one of his lectures. He sparked the question: what would you do if money were no object? I think this particularly resonated with me at the time as I was going through a transitional period; attempting to work out what I wanted to do with my life.

The Wisdom Of Insecurity

 Ever since then I’ve been hooked. I later purchased three of his books, the most profound being ‘The Wisdom of Insecurity‘.  This book ‘explores man’s quest for psychological security. Examining our efforts to find spiritual and intellectual certainty in the realms of religion and philosophy. This title underlines the importance of our search for stability in an age where human life seems particularly vulnerable and uncertain.’

Watts often drew inspiration from Zen Buddhism. Teaching us how to feel more connected to the world around us by breaking down the fundamentals of reality as we know it.

 This book changed my perspective on the world and therefore heavily influenced my passion for philosophy. If there’s one book I would recommend reading, it would be this one.

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