The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World

by David Abram


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ISBN-13: 9780679776390
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 145,760
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DAVID ABRHAM, Ph.D., is an ecologist and philosopher whose writings have had a deepening influence upon the environmental movement in North America and abroad. A summa cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University, he holds a doctorate in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Watson and Rockefeller Foundations and a Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction. He is an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician and has lived and traded magic with indigenous magicians in Indonesia, Nepal, and the Americas.

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James Hillman

"I know of no work more valuable for shifting our thinking and feeling about the place of humans in the world."

Gary Snyder

"This book by David Abram lights up the landscape of language, flesh, mind, history, mapping us back into the world."

Bill McKibben

"A landmark book....David Abram has written the best instruction manual yet for becomming fully human."

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The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few works command the senses of the reader as this one does. I feel the world Abrams describes. I can smell the air after it rains. I can see the delicate silk of the spider. I can taste the earth as I can see the imagary between the words. I am now reading the bibliography and using the material as a source for an even greater understanding of the world around me. David has proven that Dr Doolittle exists in us all.
sweetsapling on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book has become a touchstone for me since I read it: one of the most thought-provoking and life-changing books i've read. That said, it's been a while, so I don't want to try to write a detailed review at the moment, but the others currently here ring true to me.
pansociety on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A dense but fascinating account of how we lost and can regain a close relationship with the natural world. Abram combines science and mysticism to rekindle an animistic dimension of perception and feeling without jettisoning rationality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago