Elegant in exposition, vast in implication, this groundbreaking work of ecological philosophy compellingly argues the necessity for restoring ...Show synopsisElegant 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.Hide synopsis
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Description:Brand New. Paperback. Brand new, not a used item. Please no...Brand New. Paperback. Brand new, not a used item. Please no orders from Tennessee. 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.
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Spell of the Sensuous had been recommended to me from more than one source over the past 5 years: first, my maverick writing teacher, Andy Coutureir; later, a bay area entrepreneur whose inspiration comes from vision quest work in the California high desert. It makes accessible and practical some of the most important philosophical concepts of the past century--reading it can restore a felt sense of connection and direct understanding of world-we-live-in. Well written and thoroughly reseached, it is a joy and treasure hunt rolled into one.
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