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Alan Watts
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Alan Wilson Watts

6 January 1915

Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died 16 November 1973 (aged 58)

Mount Tamalpais, California, US
Alma mater Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
Notable work
  • Eleanor Everett

    (m. 1938; div. 1949)

  • Dorothy DeWitt

    (m. 1950; div. 1963)

  • Mary Jane Yates King

    (m. 1964)

Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
Main interests

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was an English writer, speaker and self-styled “philosophical entertainer”,[2] 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. He left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.[3]