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Alan Watts Tribute to C.G.Jung


This record of Alan Watts, done shortly after C.G. Jung’s death really blew  me away.  Alan Watts brings C.G. Jung’s concept of Good and Evil right to the  point. Listen to Alan Watts.  Watts believed that the key to the universe is fundamentally a higher consciousness or mind. The world is an emanation of the one Being or Consciousness. Unity is the nature of the universe while the distinctions between knowing subject and the objects of knowledge are actually expressions of unity.  True Zen, he said, was  liberation of the mind from traditional thought forms to raise human consciousness to identify with the Consciousness which is Reality.  Mystical thinkers of all traditions have discovered this, he said, and modern psychotherapy is coming to agree now. In Psychotherapy East and West (1961) Watts referred to Carl Jung,  bringing science closer to Eastern insight or as he said in this record – Western and Eastern minds arriving at the same point by different means.

Alan Wilson Watts was born in England,1915 and had early interest in Eastern thought. He sought to apply its principles to modern psychology and argued for a common mystical core underlying all religions, reflecting the influence of Aldous Huxley, a major attempt to reconcile Christianity and Eastern thought. Watts taught comparative philosophy and psychology at the new American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco and still is much recognized in California. He wrote and lectured at colleges, universities, medical schools, and mental health institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including Harvard; Yale; Cambridge; the Universities of Chicago, Michigan, Indiana, and Hawaii; and the C. J. Jung Institute (Zurich).

3 thoughts on “Alan Watts Tribute to C.G.Jung

  1. Pingback: Alan Watts on Science, Buddhism, Jung and Wittgenstein | Recollecting Philosophy

  2. I did I liked your post a lot. The term of science is complex and has interested me in the Freud-Jung context for quite a while. Freud(ians) aspired so badly to present psychoanalysis as science in the empirical sense and yet Freud failed by all means – if one follows science history (e.g. Kerr) – and is largely discredited since the age of Valium.
    Russell, Wittgenstein and Popper founded the analytic philosophy with their rigorous logical standards of argumentation (and W. perhaps somewhat prematurely proclaimed the death of metaphysics). Why should philosophy therefore not be science? The borderline between physics and metaphysics is perhaps not as sharp as it was argued. Emerged in the fifth century BC in Athens, flourishing during enlightenment in the seventeenth century, modern science is today a complex system in which many – sigh – even “social sciences” live. Why not the “Love of Wisdom” with metaphysics :-)?

    aka fallenAngel

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