The Life and Work of Alan Watts
2019-2020 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook
   

EHP 3075 - The Life and Work of Alan Watts


This course considers the life and work of Alan Watts (1915-1973), early pioneer in the emergence of humanistic and transpersonal psychology. Students will consider Watts's ideas in the context of his chronological biography by reading In My Own Way, his autobiographical statement, while at the same time reading and discussing Watts's major writings during different periods of his career. Particular attention will be paid to the correlation between life events and major ideas, to Watt's contribution to the development of humanistic and transpersonal psychology, to his contribution to East/West psychology, and to an assessment of his influence on the fields of religious studies, philosophy, on psychology at large, on the practice of psychotherapy, and to his place in the psychotherapeutic counter-culture. 3 credit(s)