Writings About
Alan Watts

Numerous scholars have written about the works of Alan Watts in academic journals, books, and dissertations.

Academic Books (About Watts)

1978 — The Pantheism of Alan Watts, by David K. Clark.

1986 — Into Every Life a Little Zen Must Fall: A Christian Philosopher Looks to Alan Watts and the East, by Alan Keightley.

1988 — Everywhere and Nowhere: The Path of Alan Watts, by Michael C. Brannigan.

2012 — Alan Watts—Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion, edited by Peter. J. Columbus and Donadrian L Rice.

– Introduction: A New Look at Alan Watts, by Peter J. Columbus and Donadrian L. Rice, pp. 1-24.

– Chapter 1 — Alan Watts’ Anticipation of Four Major Debates in the Psychology of Religion, by Ralph W. Hood Jr., pp. 25-41.

– Chapter 2 — Alan Watts: The Immediate Magic of God, by Alan Keightley, pp. 43-57.

– Chapter 3 — Phenomenological Exegeses of Alan Watts: Transcendental and Hermeneutic Strategies, by Peter J. Columbus, pp. 59-82.

– Chapter 4 —The Psychedelic Adventures of Alan Watts, by Stanley Krippner, pp. 83-102.

– Chapter 5 — From the Joyous Cosmology to the Watercourse Way: An Appreciation of Alan Watts, by Ralph Metzner, pp. 103-121.

– Chapter 6 — Alan Watts and the Neuroscience of Transcendence, by Donadrian L. Rice, pp. 123-148.

– Chapter 7 — Listening to the Rain: Embodied Awareness in Watts, by Michael C. Brannigan, pp. 149-161.

– Chapter 8 — Alan Watts on Nature, Gender, and Sexuality: A Contemporary View, by Miriam L. Levering, pp. 163-182.

– Chapter 9 — Contributions and Conundrums in the Psychospiritual Transformation of Alan Watts, by Alan Pope, pp. 183-202.

– Chapter 10 — Buddhist Wisdom in the West: A Fifty-Year Perspective on the Contributions of Alan Watts, by Kaisa Puhakka, pp. 203-217.

– Chapter 11 — Watercourse Way: Still Flowing with Alan Watts, by Chungliang Al Huang, pp. 218-232

Academic Journal Articles (About Watts)

Solomon, L. N. E. (1962). A Symposium on Human Values. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 2(2): pp. 89-111.

Gorham, D. R. (1963). The New World of Superconsciousness—A Book Review of The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness by Alan W. Watts, Timothy Leary, and Richard Alpert (1962). Contemporary Psychology, 8(1): 22-23.

Brannigan, M. C. (1977). Alan Watts’ Metaphysical Language: Positivity in Negative Concepts. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, 8: pp. 341-350.

Nordstrom, L. and Pilgrim, R. (1980). The Wayward Mysticism of Alan Watts. Philosophy East and West, 30(3): pp. 381-401.

Brannigan, M. C. (1982). The Theory of Non-Duality in the Philosophy of Alan Watts. Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica 13: pp. 241-251.

Klee, J. B. (1986). Communing with Alan Watts. The Humanistic Psychologist, 14(2): pp. 118-119.

Columbus, P. J. (1985). A Response to Nordstrom and Pilgrim’s Critique of Alan Watts’ Mysticism. The Humanistic Psychologist, 13(1): pp. 28-34.

Fischer, C. T. (2012). Review of Alan Watts—Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion. Choice, November: p. 462.

Gordon, S. (2012). Existential Time and the Meaning of Human Development. The Humanistic Psychologist, 40(1): pp. 79-86.

Heide, F. J. (2013). A Lamp Unto Himself: Alan Watts and the Illumination of Spirit—A Book Review of Alan Watts—Here and Now: Contributions to Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion [P. J. Columbus and D. L. Rice (Eds.)] PsycCRITIQUES 58(1): article 7.

Smith, D. L. (2014). How to be a Genuine Fake: Her, Alan Watts, and the Problem of the Self. Journal of Religion & Film, 18(2).

Bennett, J. (2015). Alan Watts’ ‘Dramatic Model’ and the Pursuit of Peace. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 335-344.

Chase, C. W. (2015). Square Gnosis, Beat Eros: Alan Watts and the Occultism of Aquarian Religion. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 322-334.

Cohen, K. S. (2015). You Can Tell a Yogi by His Laugh: Reminiscences of Alan Watts’ Last Summer. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 299-310.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Alan Watts: A Bibliographic Resource. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 354-358.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Special Theme Symposium: Alan Watts. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 295-297.

Columbus, P. J. (2015). Psychotherapy East and West: A Retrospective Review, Part I – 1961–1970. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 345-353.

Ferlinghetti, L. (2015). Litany (for Alan Watts). Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 298-298.

Gordon, S. (2015). Alan Watts and Neurophenomenology. Self & Society, 43(4): pp. 311-321.

Garrett-Farb, B. (2017). An Aesthetic Appreciation of Alan Watts. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 57(1): pp. 33-63

Theses & Dissertations (About Watts)

Vestal, D. G. (1974). A Comparative Study of Representative Emphases in the Thought of Alan Watts and Francis Schaeffer. (Theological doctoral dissertation). (0297062)

Brannigan, M. C. (1977). From Illusion to Insight. The Evolution from Ego-Consciousness to Self-Consciousness in the Philosophy of Alan W. Watts. (Doctoral dissertation).

O’Donnell, R. A. (1978). Alan Watts: Zen, Language, and Philosophy. (Master’s thesis). (MAI No. 1312797)

Hinz, W. (1991). Alan Watts’ Theological Anthropology and its Implications for Religious Education. (Master’s thesis). Ann Arbor, McGill University (Canada). (MM67723)

Masi, W. (2015). The Gospel, Reinvented: A New Addition to the Jesus of Alan Watts. University of Southern Maine. (Undergraduate thesis)