THE BOOK by ALAN WATTS, FIRST PRINTING, PANTHEON, 1966

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  • Sold Date: May 04, 2009
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THE BOOK: ON THE TABOO AGAINST KNOWING WHO YOU ARE by ALAN WATTS. PANTHEON BOOKS, FIRST PRINTING, 1966.

This hardbound book measures approximately 6 by 8-1/2 inches and contains 146 pages. It is in very good condition. The dust jacket has chips, tears, and stains. The cover has some bumps. The pages inside are in very good condition with or remarkable defects. The price on the dust jacket is “$4.95”.

The dust jacket reads: Alan Watts has evoked the delighted enthusiasm of audiences all over the world with his books and lectures giving living illustrations of Eastern philosophy, Zen Buddhism, comparative religion, and the crucial problem of human identity: “Who or what am I?” This book delves into the cause and cure of the illusion that the self is a separate ego, housed in a bag of skin, which “confronts” a universe of physical objects which are alien and stupid. According to Dr. Watts, this illusion underlies the misuse of technology for a violent and hostile subjugation of man’s natural environment, leading to its eventual destruction. To find the urgently needed answer to this problem of personal identity, the author modernizes and restates the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta and brings out the full force of its startling and psychologically subversive way of realizing that the self is in fact the root and
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