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The World at a Glance : Studies in Continental Thought - Edward S. Casey

The World at a Glance

Studies in Continental Thought


Published: 1st September 2007
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What happens when we glance around a room? How do we trust what we see in fleeting moments? In The World at a Glance, Edward S. Casey describes how glancing counts for more of human perception than previously imagined. An entire universe is perceived in a glance, but our quick and uncommitted attention prevents examination of these rapid acts and processes. While breaking down this paradox, Casey surveys the glance as an essential way by which we acquaint ourselves with the world. This experiential tour-de-force reveals what happens in a blink of an eye. It will become a landmark study in phenomenology, philosophy, environmental philosophy, and the philosophy of mind.

"The World at a Glance is ... A challenging book, in every positive sense of the word. ... The book's analyses are simultaneously wide-ranging and incredibly detailed, reflecting, no doubt intentionally, the very diversity and singularity of its subject matter. The depth of Casey's knowledge of the history of philosophy is remarkable, and his commentaries on the writings of Benjamin, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, and Derrida, to name just a few, are subtle and illuminating. ... Yet while Casey's thinking is always informed by that of others, he develops a truly original line of inquiry." - Continental Philosophy Review "In this remarkable and thorough book, Edward Casey again demonstrates why he is one of the most agile and penetrating practitioners of phenomenology working today." Stephen Watson, University of Notre Dame

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Regaining the Glancep. xi
Introduction: Taking in the World at a Glancep. 1
Approximating to the Glance
Getting into the Glancep. 26
Coming Closer to the Glancep. 55
Being/Becoming Oriented by the Glancep. 87
The Hegemony of the Gazep. 132
Glancing Earlier and Farther Afield
The Glance in Ancient Athensp. 172
The Sudden, the Surprising, and the Wondrous: With Walter Benjamin on the Streets of Parisp. 208
Codap. 248
Getting Inside the Glance
The Singularity of the Glancep. 256
Glancing Timep. 276
Attending and Glancingp. 299
Praxis of the Glance
The Ethics of the Glancep. 341
The Natural Environment in a Glancep. 363
Glancing at the Image in Photography and Paintingp. 386
Concluding Thoughts: Catching Sight of Surprisep. 435
Afterword: Families of the Glance and the Gazep. 482
Indexp. 493
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ISBN: 9780253218971
ISBN-10: 0253218977
Series: Studies in Continental Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 1st September 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.8