The Wisdom of Insecurity

Alan Watts

9780394704685

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Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Softcover
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An exploration of man's quest for psychological security and spiritual certainty in religion and philosophy.

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A classic look at man's search for certainty from the acclaimed expert on Eastern philosophy

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