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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date August 1, 1989
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679723004
ISBN-10 0679723005
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Drawing upon ancient Hindu philosophy, the author explores the human psyche and the importance of personal identity
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.

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Paperback
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Reissue edition from Vintage Books (August 1, 1989)
9780679723004 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Drawing upon ancient Hindu philosophy, the author explores the human psyche and the importance of personal identity
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781427277879
 
With Sean Runnette (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Macmillan Audio (January 19, 2016)
9781427277879 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $28.99
About: Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781559270656
 
With Ralph Blum | from St Martins Pr (May 1, 1990)
9781559270656 | details & prices | 4.75 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $11.95
About: In a way, we are like the blind man who was asked to touch separate parts of an elephant -- and then attempt the nearly impossible task of describing the totality of the creature he was touching.

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