The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
ISBN: 0679776397
EAN13: 9780679776390
Language: English
Publication Date: February 25, 1997
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 7.95" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
Elegant in exposition, vast in implication, this groundbreaking work of ecological philosophy compellingly argues the necessity for restoring humanity's lost connections with the sensuous world. Drawing on disciplines as diverse as phenomenology and sleight-of-hand magic, Abram explains how the processes readers think of as mental actually derive from a deeply physical interaction with the rest of nature.
Editor Reviews
From the front Cover David Abram draws on sources as diverse as the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Balinese shamanism, Apache storytelling, and his own experience as an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician to reveal the subtle dependence of human cognition on the natural environment. He explores the character of perception and excavates the sensual foundations of language, which--even at its most abstract--echoes the calls and cries of the earth. On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with passion and intellectual daring. Long awaited, revolutionary...This book ponders the violent disconnection of the body from the natural world and what this means about how we live and die in it.--Los Angeles Times