Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Alan Watts Lectures, MP3

Don't be put off by the hippy tone (if you're the type of person who would be), but this page has a bunch of wonderful spoken philosophy MP3s for download, including 5 or 6 25 minute lectures from Alan Watts, one of my favorite philosophers of the 20th century. As usual, Wikipedia's a good place to start if you don't know Alan, and here that site's overview:
Alan Wilson Watts (January 6, 1915 – November 16, 1973) was a philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion. He wrote over twenty-five books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, consciousness and the pursuit of happiness, relating his experience to scientific knowledge and to the teachings of Eastern and Western religions or philosophies (Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Hinduism). Beyond this, he was sensitive to certain new leanings in the West, and was in a position to be a proponent for certain shifts in attitudes regarding society, the natural world, lifestyles, and aesthetics. Alan Watts was a well-known autodidact. He was most renowned as an interpreter of Asian philosophies.
Good audio for, say, Thanksgiving trips on Metro-North....

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