'The Spell of the Sensuous' Reading Group


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28-01-2020 - 10-03-2020

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23 Clerkenwell Close
London, EC1R 0AA

For a thousand generations, human beings viewed themselves as part of the wider community of nature, and they carried on active relationships not only with other people but with other animals, plants, and natural objects (including mountains, rivers, winds, and weather patterns) that we have only lately come to think of as “inanimate.”

How, then, did humans come to sever their ancient reciprocity with the natural world? What will it take for us to recover a sustaining relation with the breathing earth?

Join us as we explore this by reading 'The Spell of the Sensuous' by David Abram, facilitated by psychotherapist Alan Bordeville. 

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.

Abram, D. (1997). The spell of the sensuous: Perception and language in a more-than-
human world. New York: Vintage Books.


(6 weekly sessions 6:30-8:30pm) 

28th January

4th  February

18th February

25th February

 3rd March

10th March

To get the most out of this reading group it is advised that you attend all sessions (or as many as possible).

This group is limited to 10 attendees so please do book your space early to avoid disappointment.

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