Library staff recommendation: The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
By Alan Watts
Greenfield Open Stacks 128 W34


Based on the concept of a book of secret knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation, Alan Watts’ The Book combines Vedanta philosophy with a Western perspective to identify the taboo of the modern era. He contends that the Western, individual ego has become too focused on individuality, thus blinding it to its own connections with people and the environment, and the necessary dualisms that shape the world. It’s a thought-provoking and challenging thesis which can sometimes be elusive and slippery. However, as Watts’s insights gradually take hold and come to light, it can prove to be an enriching one as well.

Recommended by Mike Sgier

Recommended by Mike Sgier

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