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

Page: 352

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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.

The Spell of the Sensuous

Author: David Abram

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Category: Human ecology

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Becoming Animal

The award-winning author of The Spell of the Sensuous presents a cautionary assessment of human involvement in the natural world that celebrates nature's sensuous qualities while revealing how consciousness is a ubiquitous part of the ...

Author: David Abram

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780375421716

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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The award-winning author of The Spell of the Sensuous presents a cautionary assessment of human involvement in the natural world that celebrates nature's sensuous qualities while revealing how consciousness is a ubiquitous part of the biosphere.

What the Whole World Is Saying

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World.

Author: Sarah Dilling

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458937733

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

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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Forests Trees and People Newsletter

36/37 The spell of the sensuous : destruction , one of the things we must learn , or
Perception and language in a ... is a deeply In our everyday language , we
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Shambhala Sun

reviews The Need for Animism THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS : Perception
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Resurgence

In this manner we continually isolate human awareness above , and apart from ,
the sensuous world . If , however ... His book Spell of the Sensuous won the 1996
Lannan Literary Award for non - fiction and was reviewed in Resurgence 180 .

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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

In this manner we continually isolate human awareness above , and apart from ,
the sensuous world . ... His book Spell of the Sensuous won the 1996 Lannan
Literary Award for non - fiction and was reviewed in Wild Earth fall 1996 . -
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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

Page: 435

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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.

Postsecularism

Abram , David , The Spell of the Sensuous , New York : Vintage Books , 1997 , p .
102 p . 70. Brody , Hugh , The Other Side of Eden : Hunters , Farmers , and the
Shaping of the World , New York : North Point Press , 2000 , 228 71. Brody ,
Hugh ...

Author: Mike King

Publisher: James Clarke

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Category: Religion

Page: 279

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King offers an innovative look at how spiritual and secular thought collide in today's world, and charts a new way forward that combines the best of both worldviews.

After Prophecy

See David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a
More-Than—Human IVorla' (New York: Pantheon, 1996), p. 130. 19. Quoted in
Corbin, Creative Imagination, p. 106. 20. Quoted in Corbin, Spiritual Body, p. 146.
21.

Author: Tom Cheetham

Publisher: Spring Journal

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Category: Religion

Page: 183

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This book explores the status of religion in the Post-Prophetic Age, especially as seen through the eyes of the French Islamic scholar Henry Corbin. In lucid and simple prose, Cheetham explores the creative role of the imagination in the formative ground of the three great Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. For Corbin, engaging the soul of the world through the mediating power of the Imaginal is an act of love, a theme Cheetham expands through his analysis of such concepts as mystical poverty, contemplative knowledge, the luminosity of the earth, the theophanic vision, the Christ Angel, Incarnation, the divine sensorium, alchemical transformation, the spiritual humanism of Ivan Illich, Western iconoclasm, and the centrality of gnosis. This book offers a visionary alternative to the confusions of contemporary life. It speaks to believers and non-believers alike.

Australian Literary Studies

The Spell of the Sensuous : Perception and Language in a More - ThanHuman
World . New York : Vintage - Random , 1997 . Arnold , Jean . Letter . PMLA 114 (
1999 ) : 1089 – 90 . Bate , Jonathan . The Song of the Earth . London : Picador ...

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Cranes

It is a script , however , which in the beginning held a kind of magic power , a
power to write and a power to “ cast a spell . ” In his work The Spell of the
Sensuous , David Abram reminds us of the origins of the word “ spell . ” Once ,
known ...

Author: Alice L. Price

Publisher: LA Alameda Press

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Category: Nature

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Alice Lindsay Price, a devoted naturalist, has for the past twenty years joined the scientific pursuit of avian scholarship to her lifelong passions of painting, writing, and literature. In her new work, Cranes--The Noblest Flyers, she brings into focus the wealth of human lore, both scientific and cultural, to portray the survival into the twenty-first century of the two North American Crane species, the Sandhill and the Whooping Crane. Her comprehensive display of facts and lore interwoven into her own observations in the field--as well as those of scientists and naturalists working to save the species from extinction--remind us how essential is our awareness of the natural world. Cranes--The Noblest Flyers is illuminated with illustrations and photographs by the author, and with a wide assortment of historical images from Cretan bird goddess to petroglyphs to Audubon. "I think of all the hope these birds represent and of the many scientists and birders who gave so much to their survival. 'Hope, ' in the words of poet Emily Dickinson, 'is the thing with feathers.'"

D H Lawrence

( 294 ) The importance of this passage consists in the fact that Lawrence feels
impressed by the sensuous , even erotic , dancing of the girl who appears as a
real spell - binding dancer ; Lawrence , after discovering the crushing strength of
one ...

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A Ragged Pen

It casts a spell , says David Abram . He examines the etymology of the word “
spell , ” noting that its Old English meaning of reciting a story gradually changed
to ... David Abram , The Spell of the Sensuous ( 1996 , rpt . New York : Vintage ...

Author: Robert Stuart Martin Finley

Publisher: Kentville, N.S. : Gaspereau Press

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Category: Poetry

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A Ragged Pen brings to the page five essays on memory. First delivered in Vancouver in the spring of 2005, these talks-by Robert Finley, Patrick Friesen, Aislinn Hunter, Anne Simpson and Jan Zwicky-examine the narrative challenges, lyric energy and questions of verity that surround the subject of memory in a creative context. Finley's essay searches out appropriate, genuine voices for memories. Comparing photo narrative projects, his own and a friend's, he proposes a form of storytelling that incorporates both memory and creation, a dialogue that speaks to, rather than for, the past. Within the discussion of narrative Zwicky posits a distinction between lyric and narrative treatments of memories, what each accepts about and tries to do with what memory delivers, and whether a difference in the degree of verity is part of this distinction. Hunter picks up the thread of verity and examines the discrepancy between seeing and imagining, the notion of "real" and the power of memory, drawing on the work of Borges, Seamus Heaney and recent science that calls into question commonly held perceptions of truth. Friesen begins with a childhood memory he suspects may be an invention, and opens onto the role of longing in memory and in poetry, challenging the assumption of past experience in longing, arguing for a note of loss in every new experience, a longing for what has never been. Simpson uses a myth of longing, that of Orpheus and Eurydice, to dig beneath metaphor, bringing new ideas and influences to the role of metaphor in social interactions and artistic endeavours. Together these essays make fascinating crossovers and offer fresh insight on memory and art. A Ragged Pen is a valuable new contribution to the study of poetics and narrative philosophy.

Annual Indian Law Conference

DAVID ABRAM . THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS 181 ( 1996 ) . The sense of
being immersed in a sentient world is preserved in the oral stories and songs of
indigenous peoples - in the belief that sensible phenomena are all alive and
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The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

The spell of the sensuous : Perception and language in a more - than - world .
New York : Pantheon Books . Anderson , R . ( 1998a ) . Intuitive inquiry : A
transpersonal approach . In W . Braud & R . Anderson , Transpersonal research
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Christianity literature

In this sense , I argue , Paradise Lost contains , along with its manifest critique of
idolatry and the power of sensuous ... —would seem to be the only haven left to
the radical Protestant impulse to expose and resist the spell of the sensuous ...

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