Light Traces

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What is the effect of light as it measures the seasons? How does light leave different traces on the terrain—on a Pacific Island, in the Aegean Sea, high in the Alps, or in the forest? John Sallis considers the expansiveness of nature and the range of human vision in essays about the effect of light and luminosity on place. Sallis writes movingly of nature and the elements, employing an enormous range of philosophical, geographical, and historical knowledge.
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Overview

What is the effect of light as it measures the seasons? How does light leave different traces on the terrain—on a Pacific Island, in the Aegean Sea, high in the Alps, or in the forest? John Sallis considers the expansiveness of nature and the range of human vision in essays about the effect of light and luminosity on place. Sallis writes movingly of nature and the elements, employing an enormous range of philosophical, geographical, and historical knowledge.
Paintings and drawings by Alejandro A. Vallega illuminate the text, accentuating the interaction between light and environment.

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"Beautifully conceived and written. Sallis engages the elemental interplay of earth and sky, translucence and obscurity, airiness and density, height and depth, wet and dry, gods and mortals, storms and clouds, rivers and fog, plains and mountains–nature in its expansive,
indefinable materiality and ephemeral intangiblity." —Charles E. Scott, Vanderbilt
University

"A profound and exceptionally nuanced piece of writing that brings philosophy and art into close proximity. Decades of Sallis's remarkable philosophical thinking are at work and play."
—Jason M. Wirth, Seattle University

Charles E. Scott

"Beautifully conceived and written. Sallis engages the elemental interplay of earth and sky, translucence and obscurity, airiness and density, height and depth, wet and dry, gods and mortals, storms and clouds, rivers and fog, plains and mountains–nature in its expansive, indefinable materiality and ephemeral intangiblity." —Charles E. Scott, Vanderbilt University

Jason M. Wirth

"A profound and exceptionally nuanced piece of writing that brings philosophy and art into close proximity. Decades of Sallis's remarkable philosophical thinking are at work and play." —Jason M. Wirth, Seattle University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253012821
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Series: Studies in Continental Thought Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 810,052
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental (IUP, 2012) and Topographies (IUP,
2006).

Alejandro A. Vallega is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the
University of Oregon. He trained as a visual artist before studying philosophy. He is author of
Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority (IUP, 2014).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Anagoge

1.
Clouds
2. Caves
3. Exorbitant Points
4. Poseidon
5.
Blues
6. City of Lights
7. Time’s Shadow
8. The Light Spread of
Time
9. Heights
10. Summer Snow
11. Dark Light
12. At
Sea
13. Seacoves
14. Sunspots
15. Visible Time
16.
Wild
17. Quiet
18. White

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