The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan W. WattsThe Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan W. Watts

The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

byAlan W. Watts

Paperback | August 28, 1989

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In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.
Alan W. Watts, who held both a master’s degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, is best remembered as an interpreter of Zen Buddhism in particular, and of Indian and Chinese philosophy in general. Standing apart, however, from sectarian membership, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most original and “unrutted” ph...
Title:The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You AreFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 7.95 × 5.13 × 0.45 inShipping dimensions:7.95 × 5.13 × 0.45 inPublished:August 28, 1989Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679723005

ISBN - 13:9780679723004


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really love this! This book is really interesting and a great read to get you thinking. 10/10 would recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Book A tough read at times, very introspective, one must think about the philosophical opinions, to grasp their significance.
Date published: 2014-03-23

Editorial Reviews

“Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” —Los Angeles Times