Alan Watts

1915 - 1973

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Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was an English philosopher, writer, and speaker known for interpreting and popularizing Indian and Chinese traditions of Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu philosophy 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 6,717,676 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Alan Watts is the 425th most popular philosopher (up from 500th in 2019), the 875th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,024th in 2019) and the 27th most popular British Philosopher.

Alan Watts is most famous for his work in the field of comparative religion. He was a philosopher and writer who studied Eastern and Western religions, mysticism, and the nature of consciousness.

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Among philosophers, Alan Watts ranks 425 out of 1,089Before him are Francis Hutcheson, Norberto Bobbio, Ernesto Laclau, John Philoponus, Günther Anders, and Paul Natorp. After him are Michel de Certeau, Vittorino da Feltre, Étienne Cabet, Petrus Ramus, P. D. Ouspensky, and Gaetano Mosca.

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Among people born in 1915, Alan Watts ranks 42Before him are Aziz Nesin, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, Chung Ju-yung, W. Arthur Lewis, Clifford Shull, and Mario Del Monaco. After him are Franz Josef Strauss, Laurent Schwartz, Modibo Keïta, Rudolf Kirchschläger, Terence Young, and Konstantin Simonov. Among people deceased in 1973, Alan Watts ranks 52Before him are Amílcar Cabral, Taha Hussein, Mary Wigman, Elsa Schiaparelli, Katina Paxinou, and Otto Klemperer. After him are François Cevert, Robert Siodmak, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Emmy Göring, Leo Strauss, and Edward G. Robinson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alan Watts ranks 875 out of 6,924Before him are H. H. Asquith (1852), Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900), Julie Walters (1950), Niels Kaj Jerne (1911), Frederick Fleet (1887), and Bernard Hill (1944). After him are John Dryden (1631), Frederic Leighton (1830), Thomas De Quincey (1785), Orlando Bloom (1977), Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853), and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (1982).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Alan Watts ranks 27Before him are E. H. Carr (1892), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), H. L. A. Hart (1907), John of Salisbury (1110), Paul Grice (1913), and Francis Hutcheson (1694). After him are Roger Scruton (1944), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), Gilbert Ryle (1900), A. J. Ayer (1910), Adam Ferguson (1723), and Harriet Taylor Mill (1807).