Reflections on the Work of Colin Wilson
When the archive of the English philosopher and polymath Colin Wilson (1931-2013) was officially opened at the University of Nottingham, UK, in the summer of 2011, it was agreed among those present that a conference should be held there to discuss his work. In July 2016, the First International Colin Wilson Conference was staged with the Proceedings being published a year later. The success of that conference inevitably meant that a second was arranged and held two years later in July 2018.
This volume—which will be of interest to scholars and fans of Wilson’s work, in addition to students of philosophy and consciousness studies—contains the transcripts of the papers presented on July 6, 2018: day one of that second conference. Experts, scholars and fans, from around the globe, gathered to hear and present papers on a variety of Wilson-related topics ranging from Existentialism to the Occult; from Robert Musil to classical music; and from Transpersonal Psychology to Transcendental Evolution.
Colin Stanley was educated at Exmouth School, UK, before working for Devon Library Services in 1970 and then the University of Nottingham until July 2005. The Managing Editor of Paupers’ Press, he has since worked part-time for the Universities of Oxford and Nottingham Trent, and writes articles on Colin Wilson’s non-fiction for the online Literary Encyclopedia (http://www.litencyc.com/). He is the author of several students’ guides to Wilson’s work, and edited Around the Outsider (2011) a festschrift for the author’s 80th birthday, a volume of his Collected Essays on Philosophers (2016) and the Proceedings of the First International Colin Wilson Conference (2017). He is also the editor of ‘Colin Wilson Studies’, a series of books written by Wilson scholars worldwide. His collection of Colin Wilson’s work forms the basis of the Wilson archive at the University of Nottingham, which now includes many of the author’s manuscripts.
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