The spell of the sensuous: perception and language in a more-than-human world

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 326 pages
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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

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Review: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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I have been reading this book for the last 4, if not 7, years. It was first recommended to me in the second year of my undergraduate degree in a course on Shakespeare. The professor in one of his ... Read full review

Review: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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Alternatively dry and engaging, this book keeps one reading despite (or perhaps because) of its heterogeneity. I thought, I laughed, and I cried at this book. I put it down and pondered the great ... Read full review

Contents

The Ecology of Sialic
13
philosophy on the way to Ecology
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The Flesh of language
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