The Book: Summary Review

This is a summary review of The Book containing key details about the book.

What is The Book About?

"The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" by Alan W. Watts is a philosophical work that explores the human condition and the search for meaning.

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In The Book, the author provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world.

Summary Points & Takeaways from The Book

Some key summary points and takeaways from the book include:

* The Human Condition: Watts argues that humans are plagued by a sense of disconnection from the world, and that this sense of disconnection is rooted in the belief that the self is separate from the rest of the world.

* The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are: The book discusses the idea that humans are taught to deny their true nature, and that this denial is perpetuated by societal norms and beliefs.

* The Nature of Reality: Watts argues that the world is not separate from the self, and that the self is not separate from the world, but rather that everything is interconnected.

* The Search for Meaning: The book explores the human search for meaning and purpose, and argues that this search is misguided because meaning is inherent in the nature of reality.

* The Limitations of Language: Watts discusses the limitations of language and how it can hinder our ability to understand the nature of reality, and argues that true understanding can only be achieved through direct experience.

* The Importance of Meditation: The book highlights the importance of meditation as a tool for experiencing the interconnectedness of reality and for transcending the limitations of the ego.

* The book offers a philosophical exploration of the human condition and the search for meaning, and provides a unique perspective on the nature of reality and the limitations of language and the ego.

Who is the author of The Book?

Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born American philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Pursuing a career, he attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master's degree in theology.

Book details

  • Print length: 163 pages
  • Genre: Philosophy, Nonfiction, Spirituality

What do critics say?

Here's what one of the prominent reviewers had to say about the book: “Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable.’” — Los Angeles Times

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