David Abram has been an inspirational leading voice at the intersection of ecology and philosophy for over 25 years. In his first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, he coined the phrase “the more-than-human world” to speak of nature as a realm that deeply includes humankind-with all our culture and technology-while also necessarily exceeding humankind. This phrase was taken up and remains a key term within the worldwide movement for ecological sanity.
A close student of the traditional ecological knowledge of a diverse array of Indigenous peoples, his work articulates the interconnection of humans both with the varied sensitivities of the plants and animals upon whom we depend, as well as with the agency of the places that surround and sustain our communities. Our unique modalities of mind, David suggests, simply cannot be understood in isolation from the material dynamism and fragility of the breathing Earth.
Join CIIS philosophy faculty Matt Segall for an inspiring conversation with David on the wild intelligence of our bodies, the ecological depths of our imagination, and the ways in which sensory perception and wonder inform the relation between the human animal and the animate Earth.
In-Person Price: $20; In-Person Member Price: $16.