Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. He received a master's degree in theology from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and became an Episcopal priest in 1945. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alan Watts has received more than 5,158,962 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 504th most popular philosopher.

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  • 57.40

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  • 31

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  • 2.93

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.06

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among philosophers, Alan Watts ranks 502 out of 1,005Before him are Ari Thorgilsson, Pierre Duhem, Zhiyi, Eric Voegelin, William of Champeaux, and Günther Anders. After him are Su Song, Victor Cousin, Stein Rokkan, Peter Sloterdijk, Alain de Benoist, and Dicaearchus.

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Among people born in 1915, Alan Watts ranks 52Before him are Franz Josef Strauss, Shoichi Yokoi, Kaoru Ishikawa, Henry Taube, Shogo Kamo, and Modibo Keïta. After him are Rudolf Kirchschläger, Terence Young, Mario Monicelli, Denis Thatcher, Konstantin Simonov, and Joseph Greenberg. Among people deceased in 1973, Alan Watts ranks 61Before him are Edward G. Robinson, Emmy Göring, Karl Löwith, Robert Siodmak, Otto Klemperer, and Edward Steichen. After him are W. H. Auden, Robert Smithson, Shirali Muslimov, Adolf Strauss, Károly Kerényi, and Veronica Lake.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alan Watts ranks 1,025 out of 5,347Before him are Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565), Clive Granger (1934), Philippa of England (1394), Robert Clive (1725), Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (1868), and Horace Walpole (1717). After him are Henry (1100), Cliff Williams (1949), Clive Owen (1964), Samuel Crompton (1753), Andy Serkis (1964), and W. T. Stead (1849).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Alan Watts ranks 29Before him are Paul Grice (1913), John of Salisbury (1110), Thomas Reid (1710), Francis Hutcheson (1694), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), and A. J. Ayer (1910). After him are Robert Fludd (1574), Adam Ferguson (1723), David Hartley (1705), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), and Alexander of Hales (1175).