The Tao of Philosophy (Alan Watts Love of Wisdom) Paperback – October 15, 1999
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"The words of Alan Watts, as he spoke them, on issues of great significance in the spirit of Taoist thought." -- Empty Vessel
"Watts displays his famous breezy, devil-may-care style...it's easy to see why his influence remains strong." -- The New York Times Book Review
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If anything, this text is not a deep exfoliation of ideas, but something to stir our pots. The only complaint I would have for this text is its short length, but, again, I think its function is to stir our pots. What's more, the plenitude of gems, in the form of aphorisms, is enough to occupy most readers for a lifetime, because of the value and objective importance of the points Watts' brings to the fore. Some of the revealing defenses Watts makes (e.g., that "scientistic" attitudes are just a fade, and so we should not scoff at more humane perspectives), and some of the distinctions he develops (e.g., classicists and romanticists, albeit in much more flowery terminology), are downright brilliant.
In general, I recommend this book to all, scholars at university down to middle schoolers, and everyone in between. Most of all, the at-large intellectual will probably find the most use for this book, being intelligent and fairly well-read enough to understand it, yet a free enough thinker to employ its wisdom.
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