I highly enjoyed Aldous Huxley's and Alan Watts' books on Philosophy : for example, Huxley's The Divine Within and The Perennial Philosophy and Watts's Become What You Are, This Is It, The Book, and Behold the Spirit.

Both writers are highly intellectual and their theme is more or less the same. Huxley writes elegantly and absorbs the reader and makes valid points. Watts, on the other hand, writes very simply and tells it like it is. No beating around the bush.

Question: Can anyone recommend any similar authors to these two on the subject?

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    Both Will Rodgers and Bertrand Russell wrote very readable and informative works on the History of Western Philosophy.
    – user37981
    Sep 27, 2020 at 17:51
  • Nice! Recommend any specific titles from them? ...
    – Steve237
    Sep 27, 2020 at 18:57
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    Sorry, the titles are both, "The History of Western Philosophy". Visit the ZLibrary for free downloads. Regards,
    – user37981
    Sep 27, 2020 at 21:41
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    You might enjoy Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig. Sep 28, 2020 at 1:23
  • Great, thanks Charles/Mark!
    – Steve237
    Sep 28, 2020 at 4:13

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You will very likely enjoy Hermann Hesse's many philosophical novels, for instance, Narcissus and Goldmund; Siddhartha; Demian; Steppenwolf; The Journey to the East; Magister Ludi: The Glass Bead Game.

You might also enjoy W.Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge, and one or another of John Fowle's novels, for instance, The Maggot, A Magus and Daniel Martin.

I read these long ago. About the same time I was reading Huxley and Watts.

Addendum: @Mark Andrews mentioned Persig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a good one from that 60s/70s/80s era, but very different from the metaphysical novels of the English author "types" which were the focus of the OP.

But if we're gonna include Persig's opus in the relevant category, I would also mention:

Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and, especially, his later book, Illusions;

Tom Robbin's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction; and Still Life With Woodpecker; and, finally;

Joseph Chilton Pearce's The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs of Mind and Reality.

  • Great suggestions! Thanks so much. Helps that you have also read those 2 already.
    – Steve237
    Sep 27, 2020 at 18:59
  • Your welcome. My pleasure. you may also be aware that years ago Alan Watts did a bunch of recordings of lectures and talks, which have been compiled and you can purchase here: alanwatts.org/audio
    – gonzo
    Sep 27, 2020 at 19:10
  • Oh yes I already have most of his audio talks - Out of Your Mind. Will see if the link you sent has any others that I am missing. Watts is pretty amazing!
    – Steve237
    Sep 27, 2020 at 19:59
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    Jesse's 'Journey to the East' is another.
    – user37981
    Sep 27, 2020 at 21:43
  • Of all these authors, who writes in a simple manner? (like Watts). I hope none of them are old-English as they are hard to read!
    – Steve237
    Sep 28, 2020 at 4:15

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