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"Only as the written text began to speak would the voices of the forest, and of the river, begin to fade. And only then would language loosen its ancient associations with the invisible breath, the spirit sever itself from the wind, the psyche dissociate itself from the environing air," writes Abram of the separation caused by the proliferation of the written word.
In writing The Spell of the Sensuous, Abram consulted an engaging collection of peoples and works. He uses aboriginal song lines, stories from the Koyukon people of northwestern Alaska, the philosophy of phenomenology, and the speeches of Socrates to paint a poetic landscape that explains how we became separated from the earth in the first place. With minimal environmental doomsaying, Abram discusses how we can begin to recover a sustainable relationship with the earth and the nonhuman beings who live among us--in the more-than-human world. --Kathryn True
Amazing book - full of life, beautifully written and offering a deeply personal and powerful solution to our current state of ecological crisis.Published 28 days ago by Jay Golden
Mr Abram spent 250 some pages painstakingly building an argument that the human race was, but is no more, grounded in the wisdom and in communion with the natural world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Goldin
Exquisite language dropping you into the field of sensuous understanding, knowledge; poetry of awakening to what is important.Published 5 months ago by Loy Geddes
This is a unique book, a look at the role of the shaman in two indigenous cultures through the eyes of a magician with an academic bent. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian
One of the best original works in philosophy in the last 50 years. What is more amazing is that this text accommodates both the neophyte and Ph.D. at the same time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Anderson
Simultaneously tries to refute the entirety of the development of science and literature, while constructing a fallacy filled argument as a student of the very fields he seeks to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Xy
This is a very thought provoking book. It's depth of material is at times a challenge but well worth the effot, to expand one's in-depth understand of what we need to do to truly... Read morePublished 6 months ago by eileen hothow