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

ISBN 10: 0679776397 / 0-679-77639-7
ISBN 13: 9780679776390
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Softcover
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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


Review:

"'The Spell of the Sensuous' invites us to participate in the world, to open ourselves to a magical, reciprocal relationship with our environment. If we can get ourselves back in the sensuous world, our new perspective may provide the means of saving that world."

Lisa K. Miller, Bloomsbury Review, Sept./Oct. 1996

Review:

"One of the decade's most important books on the intersection of human identity and non-human nature."

Roger S. Gottlieb, Tikkun, 11/1997

 

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