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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User Review  - willszal - LibraryThing

At first glance, you might think that the is a book about philosophy. Abram does cover German philosopher Edmund Husserl and French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Both of these thinkers were ... Read full review

THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Philosopher and ecologist Abram writes an absorbing, challenging treatise on the power of written language to separate human beings from their experiential relationship to the nonhuman environment ... Read full review

Contents

The Ecology of Sialic
13
philosophy on the way to Ecology
31
The Flesh of language
73
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