By Alan Watts
Alan Watts brought thousands of Western readers to Zen and different jap philosophies, yet he’s additionally famous as an excellent commentator on Judeo-Christian traditions in addition to a celeb thinker who exemplified the guidelines and way of life of the Sixties counterculture. during this compilation of debatable lectures, brought at American universities during the decade, Watts demanding situations readers to reevaluate Western culture’s so much hallowed constructs. Watts treads general flooring, studying japanese traditions, and in addition covers new territory, exploring the counterculture’s foundation within the old tribal and shamanic cultures of Asia, Siberia, and the Americas. within the technique, he addresses a number of the era’s most vital questions: what's the nature of truth? and the way does an individual’s dating to society have an effect on this truth? choked with his playful, provocative kind, the talks exhibit the amazing scope of a thinker in his best, exploring and defining the '60s counterculture as merely Alan Watts might.
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Fleeting Science on the Ground ofArt and Life (Albany: SUNY, 1994). , Nietzsche, Epistemology, Philosophy ofScience: Nietzsche and the Sciences II (Dordrecht: Kluwer, I 999), I- 13. The critical dynamic of questioning both what we name as true and what we regard as error is the keystone of Kant's entire philosophy of science. The aesthetic design of the scientific question effects its judgment power (Bxiii). Rather than a science based solely on observation (and inductive regress) which would be no science at all in the image of logic and mathematics, Kant resolves the Humean problem of induction in the Preface to the second edition of the Critique ofPure Reason, in the empirical practice of questioning because the question (or experiment) both concedes and exploits the epistemological limitations of reason (KdrV Bix) and experience (cf.