Works by Alan Watts

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Alan Watts was an orator and philosopher of the 20th century. He spent time reflecting on Personal Identity and Higher Consciousness. According to the critic Erik Davis, his "writings and recorded talks still shimmer with a profound and galvanising lucidity."[1]These works are not accessible in the same way as his many books.


The following lectures can all be obtained at[1].

Is this life a dream?[edit]

Watts proposes a thought experiment of imagining that one has total control over the content of each night's dreams. He uses this thought experiment to make a case for the self as the ultimate reality.[2]

What if Money were no object?[edit]

Watts argues that there is less difference than generally supposed between what one would want to do if money were no object, and what one should do under actual circumstances. He proposes that the question "What do I desire?" should be given greater emphasis, even under actual circumstances.[3]

The mind[edit]

Watts makes a case for quieting the mind by leaving it alone. He argues that we are "addicted to thoughts" and want to avoid ourselves, and that this quest for self-avoidance leads to a "vicious circle" of worry.[4]

You're IT[edit]




You are the Universe[edit]


The real You[edit]


The ego hoax[edit]


Being Alive[edit]





Note: ISBNs for titles originally published prior to 1974 are for reprint editions.

  • Watts, Alan W. (1932). An outline of Zen Buddhism. London: Golden Vista Press.
  • Watts, Alan W. (1937). The legacy of Asia and Western man: a study of the middle way. London: John Murray.
  • Watts, Alan (1940). The meaning of happiness: the quest for freedom of the spirit in modern psychology and the wisdom of the East (1st ed.). New York: Harper and Row.
  • Watts, Alan W. (1947). Behold the spirit: a study in the necessity of mystical religion. London: John Murray. ISBN 0-394-71761-9.
  • Watts, Alan (1950). Easter: its story and meaning. New York: H. Schuman.
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety. Pantheon Books. 1951. ISBN 0-394-70468-1.
  • Myth and Ritual in Christianity, Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-8070-1375-7, including essay "God and Satan"
  • The Way of Zen. Pantheon Books. 1957. ISBN 0-375-70510-4.
  • Nature, Man and Woman
  • Beat Zen Square Zen and Zen
  • This Is It and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-394-71904-2
  • Psychotherapy East and West, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-394-71609-4
  • The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness
  • The Two Hands of God: The Myths of Polarity
  • Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-394-71923-9
  • The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. Pantheon Books. 1966. ISBN 0-679-72300-5.
  • Nonsense, illustrations by Greg Irons (a collection of literary nonsense), San Francisco: Stolen Paper Editions
  • Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-394-71665-5
  • The Art of Contemplation: A Facsimile Manuscript with Doodles
  • In My Own Way: An Autobiography 1915–1965. Pantheon Books. 1972. ISBN 9781577315841., Vintage Books pocket edition 1973, ISBN 0-394-71951-4, New World Library edition, 2007, ISBN 1-57731-584-7
  • Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, Pantheon Books. Also published in Canada in 1974 by Jonathan Cape, ISBN 0224009729. ISBN 0-394-71999-9


  • Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (1944). Theologia mystica: being the treatise of Saint Dionysius pseudo-Areopagite on mystical theology, together with the first and fifth epistles. Translated from the Greek and with an introduction by Alan W. Watts. West Park, New York, USA: Holy Cross Press.


  1. ^ David, Erik (2006). The Visionary State: A Journey through California's Spiritual Landscape. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-4835-3.
  2. ^ theJourneyofPurpose TJOP (15 September 2013). "Is this life a Dream? - Alan Watts". Retrieved 15 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ Richard vWyk (13 March 2014). "Alan Watts - What do you desire? The Question. HD". Retrieved 15 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Tragedy & Hope (5 July 2014). "The Mind - Alan Watts". Retrieved 16 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Tragedy & Hope (9 October 2013). "You're It - Alan Watts". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Tragedy & Hope (22 December 2013). "Why Fight? - Alan Watts". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Awaking Consciousness (24 August 2016). "Alan Watts - You are the universe". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Tragedy & Hope (25 August 2012). "The Real You - Alan Watts". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Cosmiccontinuum (24 March 2013). "The Ego Illusion ~ Alan Watts". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ theJourneyofPurpose TJOP (8 September 2013). "Alan Watts on Being Alive". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ Life Eternal (20 December 2014). "Alan Watts - Choice". Retrieved 17 August 2017 – via YouTube.