David Abram: The Spell of the Sensuous

In this episode of Spoken Earth, Adam Weymouth speaks with the environmental philosopher David Abram about the ecology of our senses and how our words shape our view of the world. 

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David Abram is an American cultural ecologist, a philosopher and an activist. He is author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (2010) and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (1996). Grounding his work within the philosophical tradition of phenomenology, he seeks to reanimate our senses, teaching us how we have been shaped in tandem with the more-than-human world, and how by forgetting it we create a profound loss both for ourselves and for the world in which we live. Having taught and lectured all over the world, he is currently Senior Visiting Scholar in Ecology and Natural Philosophy at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. 

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Podcast by Lacuna Magazine

Interviewer: Adam Weymouth
Producer and musician: Ulli Mattsson