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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 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 passion and intellectual daring. " Long awaited, revolutionary...This book ponders the violent disconnection of the body from the natural world and what this means about how we live and die in it." --Los Angeles Times
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Ecology of Magic: A Personal Introduction to the Inquiry
Philosophy on the Way to Ecology: A Technical Introduction to the Inquiry
The Flesh of Language
Animism and the Alphabet
In the Landscape of Language
Time, Space, and the Eclipse of the Earth
The Forgetting and Remembering of the Air
Coda: Turning Inside Out
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ISBN: 9780679776390 ISBN-10: 0679776397 Series: Vintage Audience:
Number Of Pages: 337 Published: March 1997 Publisher: Random House USA Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1