Nature, Man and Woman

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A provocative and enduring work that reexamines humanity's place in the natural world -- and the spirit's relation to the flesh -- in the light of Chinese Taoism.

That human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled, that the mind is somehow superior to the body, and that all sexuality entails a seduction -- a danger and a problem-are all assumptions upon which much of Western thought and culture is based. And all of them in some way underlie our exploitation ...

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Overview

A provocative and enduring work that reexamines humanity's place in the natural world -- and the spirit's relation to the flesh -- in the light of Chinese Taoism.

That human beings stand separate from a nature that must be controlled, that the mind is somehow superior to the body, and that all sexuality entails a seduction -- a danger and a problem-are all assumptions upon which much of Western thought and culture is based. And all of them in some way underlie our exploitation of the earth, our distrust of emotion, and our loneliness and reluctance to love.

Few books have challenged those assumptions as directly as this erudite and engaging work by the author of The Way of Zen. Drawing on the precepts of Taoism, Alan Watts offers an alternative vision of man and the universe -- one in which the distinctions between self and other, spirit and matter give way to a more holistic way of seeing. Nature, Man and Woman is a book of great elegance and far-reaching implication -- one of those rare texts that can change the way we think, feel, and love.

A moving description of the sense of man's identity with nature in everyday life as well as in the act of love.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780679732334
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 533,203
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    A Real Classic!

    Using some of the basic principles of Taoism, Alan Watts is able to explain to us the true meaning of life, love, and simple existence in an astonishingly simple way. This book is both creative and enlightening. It provides a fresh new perspective on Western culture and how we have sent ourselves to purgatory by developing a certain type of consciousness emphasized in Western culture. If you read another exceptional book called 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato, you will also learn that this is part of the process of both life and evolution. These are the kind of teachers we truly need more of in this age of chaos and confusion. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    One of his best

    In this book, Alan Watts takes a tiny step back from his typical debates and on to a specific argument about man, nature, woman, and the relationships between them. I read a lot of Alan Watts, and found it astonishingly refreshing to read such a different styled book.

    If you have ever read his books or heard his audio before, this book only touches on some of his more common writings and suggests an application of these thoughts into the world around us. Starting with why man feels the need to be separate from nature, onto the common social and cultural issues regarding the relationship to men and women.
    I have just finished reading, and felt compelled to write a review (before beginning a second read of it! If you only read his books once, you are missing out!) for the first time on B&N.

    I do not think I would recommend this as a first Watts book, however. His book the taboo or some of his zen books may give a better background to his philosophy before jumping into this one. BUT I think this might be my favorite so far...

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