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Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality

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Americans are not materialistic as usually charged because they do not fully savor the immediate physical present, contends Watts (1915-1973). In several pithy essays reprinted from a Pantheon Books book published in 1970, this major interpreter of Eastern philosophical concepts for the 1960s generation treats topics including wealth vs. money, peace, the aesthetics of everyday life, and self-transformation through drugs and other means. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Does It Matter? presents Alan Watts thoughts on the problem of humankinds relationship to its environment. Here he argues that contemporary people confuse symbols with reality, preferring money to wealth and “eating the menu instead of the dinner.” Focusing on numbers, concepts, and technology, he says, makes us increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the "external" world is a cluster of "objects" separate from ourselves, that we "encounter" it rather than come out of it. Consequently, he claims, humanity is fouling its own nest and is in imminent danger of self-obliteration. In one of his most provocative books, a philosopher known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy confronts the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, housing, and the rest of the world around us. First published in 1971, the book is especially timely today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781577315858
Author:
Watts, Alan
Publisher:
New World Library
Author:
Watts, Alan W.
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Development - Sustainable Development
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 5.5 oz

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Does It Matter? presents Alan Watts thoughts on the problem of humankinds relationship to its environment. Here he argues that contemporary people confuse symbols with reality, preferring money to wealth and “eating the menu instead of the dinner.” Focusing on numbers, concepts, and technology, he says, makes us increasingly unconscious of nature and of our total dependence on air, water, plants, animals, insects, and bacteria. We have hallucinated the notion that the "external" world is a cluster of "objects" separate from ourselves, that we "encounter" it rather than come out of it. Consequently, he claims, humanity is fouling its own nest and is in imminent danger of self-obliteration. In one of his most provocative books, a philosopher known for his writings and teachings about mysticism and Eastern philosophy confronts the nitty-gritty problems of economics, technology, clothing, cooking, housing, and the rest of the world around us. First published in 1971, the book is especially timely today.
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