By Alan Watts
Alan Watts brought hundreds of thousands of Western readers to Zen and different jap philosophies, yet he’s additionally well-known as a super commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions in addition to a celeb thinker who exemplified the tips and way of life of the Nineteen Sixties counterculture. during this compilation of debatable lectures, brought at American universities in the course of the decade, Watts demanding situations readers to reevaluate Western culture’s so much hallowed constructs. Watts treads prevalent flooring, reading japanese traditions, and likewise covers new territory, exploring the counterculture’s foundation within the historic tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. within the approach, he addresses a few of the era’s most vital questions: what's the nature of truth? and the way does an individual’s dating to society have an effect on this fact? choked with his playful, provocative sort, the talks convey the outstanding scope of a thinker in his leading, exploring and defining the '60s counterculture as merely Alan Watts might.
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Johnston, Osterreichische Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte. Gesellschaft und Ideen im Donauraum 1848-1938, Wien: Bollau, 1978; E. Mohn, Der logische Positivismus. M: Campus Verlag, 1977. 13 Cf. H. Neider, 'Memories of Otto Neurath', ES, pp. 47-8. , p. 47. 15 See on this subject the testimony of W. Schumann, in 'Memories of Otto Neurath', ES, pp. 15-7. Schumann reports that, in order to accept the political task offered to him by the Social Democratic Party, Neurath had to make the decision to abandon his academic career.
188, English trans. ES, p. 203. 48 o. Neurath, 'Prinzipielles zur Geschichte der Optik', , GpmS, p. 73. , loco cit. 50 O. Neurath, Anti-Spengler, , GpmS, particularly pp. 182-96, ES, pp. 197-213. On Spengler's philosophy of history see, most recently, W. Dray, Perspectives on History, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980, pp. 99-124. 51 O. Neurath, Anti-Spengler, , ES, p. 199 ("Wie Schiffer sind wir, die auf offenem Meer ihr Schiff umbauen milssen, ohne je von unten auf frisch anfangen zu k5nnen.