The Spell of the Sensuous

On every page of this lyrical work, Abram weaves his arguments with a passion, a precision, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez.

Author: David Abram

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307830551

Category: Philosophy

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Winner of the International Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction Animal tracks, word magic, the speech of stones, the power of letters, and the taste of the wind all figure prominently in this intellectual tour de force that returns us to our senses and to the sensuous terrain that sustains us. This major work of ecological philosophy startles the senses out of habitual ways of perception. For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patters) that we have only lately come to think of as "inanimate." How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relation with the breathing earth? In The Spell of the Sensuous 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 of 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 a passion, a precision, and an intellectual daring that recall such writers as Loren Eisleley, Annie Dillard, and Barry Lopez.

Becoming Animal

The shape-shifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.

Author: David Abram

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307379310

Category: Nature

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David Abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous has become a classic of environmental literature. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature. As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we’ve ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the living world at a distance. Abram’s writing subverts this distance, drawing readers ever closer to their animal senses in order to explore, from within, the elemental kinship between the human body and the breathing Earth. The shape-shifting of ravens, the erotic nature of gravity, the eloquence of thunder, the pleasures of being edible: all have their place in this book.

The Wisdom of the Body

David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous (New York: Vintage, 1996), 32. 6.
Emmanuel Kant and Allen W. Wood, Basic Writings of Kant (New York: Penguin
Random House/Modern Library, 2001). 7. Edmund Husserl and William P. Alston
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Author: Erik Shonstrom

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Combing cutting edge science and educational philosophy, The Wisdom of the Body offers practical, effective advice for anyone interested in how humans learn and think. With compelling arguments in favor of an embodied approach to school, Shonstrom illuminates the power of learning through physical, sensory experiences, and challenges traditional approaches in education by offering dynamic, ground-breaking examples of how an embodied pedagogy could revolutionize learning.

Yoga Journal

MIXED MEDIA •I knc Reviewed by Jack Ferguson David Abram's The Spell of the
Sensuous (Viking, $14.00) is a sustained meditation on our human relation to
Nature. It is at once an extended ecophilosophical essay on perception and ...

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For more than 30 years, Yoga Journal has been helping readers achieve the balance and well-being they seek in their everyday lives. With every issue,Yoga Journal strives to inform and empower readers to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for their bodies and minds. We are dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful editorial on topics such as yoga, food, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel, and fashion and beauty.

Environmental Ethics

Hence , he is unable to discern that the entire book is about the symbolic
dimension , 23 22 Abram , The Spell of the Sensuous , p . 303 , n . 2 . For a
different yet complementary argument regarding the inevitable persistence of
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Phenomenological Approaches to Popular Culture

THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS : CASINO ATMOSPHERE AND THE
GAMBLER — AN EXPANSION Felicia F . Campbell David Abram ' s book of
ecological philosophy , The Spell of the Sensuous : Perception and Language in
a More ...

Author: Michael Thomas Carroll

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879728106

Category: History

Page: 269

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Within popular culture studies, one finds discussions about quantitative sociology, Marxism, psychoanalysis, myth criticism, feminism, and semiotics, but hardly a word on the usefulness of phenomenology, the branch of philosophy concerned with human experience. In spite of this omission, there is a close relationship between the aims of phenomenology and the aims of popular culture studies, for both movements have attempted to redirect academic study toward everyday lived experience. The fifteen essays in this volume demonstrate the way in which phenomenological approaches can illuminate popular culture studies, and in so doing they take on the entire range of popular culture.

Forests Trees and People Newsletter

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Shambhala Sun

But of the sensuous terrain . course it's the body that links us to the other animals
and to the It's no coincidence that the word “ spell ” has that double meanearth
ing : to arrange the letters in the right order to form a word , but also With older ...

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After Debussy

Richard A. Rand, Corpus (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008), 9. Nancy,
Corpus, 85. Abram, 'The Flesh of Language', in The Spell ofthe Sensuous, 73–92
. Abram, The Spell ofthe Sensuous, 154. Abram, The Spell ofthe Sensuous, ...

Author: Julian Johnson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190066822

Category: Music

Page: 396

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Classical music shows a close relationship to language, and both musicology and philosophy have tended to approach music from that angle, exploring it in terms of expression, representation, and discourse. This book turns that idea on its head. Focusing on the music of Debussy and its legacy in the century since his death, After Debussy offers a groundbreaking new perspective on twentieth-century music that foregrounds a sensory logic of sound over quasi-linguistic ideas of structure or meaning. Author Julian Johnson argues that Debussy's music exemplifies this idea, influencing the music of successive composers who took up the mantle of emphasizing sound over syntax, sense over signification. In doing so, this music not only anticipates a central problem of contemporary thought--the gap between language and our embodied relation to the world--but also offers a solution. With a readable narrative structure grounded in an impressive body of literature, After Debussy ranges widely across French music, demonstrating the impact of Debussy's music on composers from Faur� and Ravel to Dutilleux, Boulez, Grisey, Murail and Saariaho. It ranges similarly through a set of French writers and philosophers, from Mallarm� and Proust to Merleau-Ponty, Jank�l�vitch, Derrida, Lyotard and Nancy, and even draws from the visual arts to help embody key ideas. In accessibly tackling substantial ideas of both musicology and philosophy, this book not only presents bold new ways of understanding each discipline but also lays the groundwork for exciting new discourse between them.

New Age Journal

As a trained magician , SPELL senses rather than as we Spangler , a warm and
witty writer , in Abram knows that the OF THE construct it through this latest work
intriguingly invites the way we perceive the scientific SENSUOUS reasoning ...

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Resurgence

His book Spell of the Sensuous won the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for non -
fiction and was reviewed in Resurgence 180 . P Whereas us legislation
specifically allows patents on living organisms Resurgence No. 187 March / April
1998 15.

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CCAR Journal

For another academic perspective , see David Abram , The Spell of the Sensuous
( New York : Vintage Books , 1996 ) . Thomas Cahill popularized this notion in his
best - seller , The Gift of the Jews ( New York : Doubleday , 1998 ) . 2.

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Religion and American Culture

Ingold , " Culture and the Perception of the Environment , ” 39 ; Abram , Spell of
the Sensuous , 67 ; James J. Gibson , The Ecological Approach to Visual
Perception ( Boston : Houghton Mifflin , 1979 ) , 127-43 . These affordances "
exist as ...

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The New Humanities Reader

The Ecology of Magic " is drawn from Abram ' s book , The Spell of the Sensuous
: Perception and Language in a More - Than - Human World ( 1997 ) , which
explores our perception of the natural world and the way we use language and ...

Author: Richard Earl Miller

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: 9780618568222

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 712

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The New Humanities Reader presents 32 challenging and important essays from diverse fields that address current global issues. The authors contend that there is a crisis within the humanities today due to specialization within narrow fields of scholarship, resulting in a higher education system that produces students who lack the general cross-disciplinary knowledge needed to better understand today's complex world. The selections encourage students to synthesize and think critically about ideas and research formerly kept apart. This approach challenges readers to resist mimetic thinking and instead creatively connect ideas to help them understand and retain what they read. Through this process of reading, discussing, and writing, students develop the analytical skills necessary to become informed citizens. Focused on today's issues, the selections represent both well-known nonfiction authors and newly published writers and are drawn from such periodicals as The New Yorker and Natural History and from best-selling books including Reading Lolita in Tehran, Fast Food Nation, and Into the Wild. Students will be engaged by reading and rereading, analyzing and working with these selections not simply because they are models of good writing, but because they are also deeply thought-provoking pieces that invite readers to respond.

The Artist Inside

—I) Awl in A is R A M The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a
More-Than-Human World n his book, The Spell of the Sensuous, author David
Abram points out that the tribal shamans of Southeast Asia tend to occupy a ...

Author: Tom Crockett

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307481689

Category: Self-Help

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A fresh new approach to tapping into our own creativity, using the images and artifacts of our dreams. Getting inspired is one of the toughest parts of being an artist, whether we're a beginner or a seasoned professional. But as Tom Crockett shows us in this new book, finding ideas for our artwork is easier than we think. By simply exploring the images of our sleeping and waking dream states, we can discover a wealth of ideas and inspiration that are more authentic and powerful because they reveal our underlying spiritual self. Recognizing the importance of allowing our spiritual side to infuse our art and the fulfillment this can bring, Tom Crockett has created a program to teach us all, no matter what level of artistic experience we have, how to bring art and spirit into one. The four different types of creative expression Crockett has identified--Finding, Arranging, Altering, and Making--open up artistic options for everyone, even for those of us who cannot yet imagine that we have the ability to create art. Filled with personal anecdotes from the author's creativity workshops and practical, easy-to-implement advice for tapping into our hidden creativity, The Artist Inside teaches us: how to access the dreaming world to heighten creativity that we can create in each piece of artwork a temporary home for the spirit how creating a spiritual path can energize us and increase our intuitive capacity When the process of making art is guided by the inner vision of our sleeping and waking dream states, we connect with something larger than ourselves and rediscover that creativity can be both a spiritual path and an important life tool.

Sight and Sensibility

In The Spell of the Sensuous , Abram reminds us of this power to be " spelled . "
We are spelled by the world , shaped by the gathering together of our senses
with the sensible world , gathered in the act of divining ( or not ) our place , this ...

Author: Laura Sewall

Publisher: Tarcher

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Category: Psychology

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The first definitive guide to the new field of ecopsychology explains how to expand and tranform the ways in which we view the natural world and describes how this new vision of nature can improve the way in which we relate to it. 12,500 first printing.

Surface Design

consider the wealth of recent literature which also focuses with great interest on
our need to reconnect with the sensual world . David Abram , in his book , Spell
of the Sensuous , comes as close as anyone to understanding our need to ...

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Wild Earth

Abram's rigorous attention to the living world surrounding and supporting
discourse makes The Spell of the Sensuous a uniquely powerful work of
scholarship . He enacts what he explores , drawing on his experiences in the
landscapes of ...

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TechGnosis

David Abram , The Spell of the Sensuous ( New York : Pantheon , 1996 ) , 131 .
13. Walter J. Ong , Orality and Literacy ( New York : Methuen , 1982 ) , 78 . 14.
Abram , The Spell of the Sensuous , 112 . 15. “ Interview with Marshall McLuhan
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Author: Erik Davis

Publisher: Serpents Tail

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Category: Social Science

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“A most informative account of a culture whose secular concerns continue to collide with their supernatural flip-side.”—Voice Literary Supplement In this dazzling book, writer and cyber guru Erik Davis demonstrates how religious imagination, magical dreams and millennialist fervor have always permeated the story of technology. Through shamanism to Gnosticism, voodoo to alchemy, Buddhism to evangelism, TechGnosis peels away the rational shell of infotech to reveal the utopian dreams, alien obsessions and apocalyptic visions that populate the ongoing digital revolution. Erik Davis' work has appeared in Wired, The Village Voice and Gnosis, and he has lectured internationally on technoculture and new forms of religion. He is a fifth-generation Californian who currently lives in San Francisco.

Terra Nova

Letters Writing Back the Magic To the Editor , Thanks to Jack Turner for his lively
review of my book , The Spell of the Sensuous , in Terra Nova 1 : 3 . Turner
himself is a fine essayist whose work I admire ; I admit , however , that I had a
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