The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

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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 is a major work of ecological philosophy that startles the senses out of habitual ways of perception.
 

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David Abram is an ecologist, anthropologist, and philosopher who lectures widely around the world. He is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous, for which he received a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction; his essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental turmoil are published in numerous magazines, scholarly journals, and anthologies. David is co-founder and Director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE). He lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.
 
Published October 17, 2012 by Vintage. 344 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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Abram discusses how the ancient Hebrew alphabet--which excludes vowel sounds, he speculates, out of a respect for their essence as ``sounded breath,'' a ``reverence for the air''--was coopted by the Greeks, who obliterated its pictographic quality and added vowels, which eradicated the ``interact...

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How did Western civilization become so estranged from nonhuman nature that we condone the ongoing destruction of forests, rivers, valleys, species and ecosystems?

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Ecologist David Abram recounts how his senses came vividly alive while he was in Indonesia on a research grant to study sorcerers.

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