The World at a Glance

The World at a Glance

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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 more

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  • Book | 520 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 11 b&w photos, 9 figures
  • 0253218977
  • 9780253218971
  • 474,337

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"... Notable for its breadth and depth, the present title examines the range of information that one absorbs in rapid glances, i.e., 'blink of an eye' experiences that characterize visual interaction with the world. Looking at familiar, everyday events as well as examples from ancient history, linguistics, literature, art, photography, and ethics, Casey develops a narrative that will fascinate anyone interested in philosophy, psychology, and their interaction in the construction of the perceptual world. Even neuroscientists will appreciate the notion that enduring emotional and cognitive experiences are built from momentary visual impressions... Essential." -Choice "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 "Elegantly written, this book, its erudition formidable, offers the reader an encyclopedic glance into a treasure-trove of information and knowledge bearing on vision: material in cinema studies, architecture, art criticism, world history, anthropology, urban studies, psychology, psychoanalysis, literature, and the natural sciences, as well as philosophy. To venture into its beckoning pages of stories is to undertake a richly rewarding journey, glancing at the world through configurations of time and space." -David Kleinberg-Levin, Vol. IV.1 April 2009 "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... Casey's work is effortlessly interdisciplinary, drawing on and responding to ideas from psychology, ecology, and art history. Yet while Casey's thinking is always informed by that of others, he develops a truly original line of inquiry." -Continental Philosophy Reviewshow more

About Edward S. Casey

Edward S. Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY-Stony Brook. He is the author of several books, including Getting Back into Place (IUP, 1993), Imagining (IUP, 1976), and Remembering (IUP, 1987).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsPrologue: Regaining the GlanceIntroduction: Taking in the World at a GlancePart One: Approximating to the Glance1. Getting into the Glance2. Coming Closer to the Glance3. Becoming and Being Oriented by the Glance4. The Hegemony of the GazePart Two: Glancing Earlier and Farther Afield5. The Glance in Ancient Athens6. The Sudden, the Surprising, and the Wondrous: With Walter Benjamin on the Streets of ParisCodaPart Three: Getting Inside the Glance7. The Singularity of the Glance8. Glancing Time9. Attending and GlancingPart Four: Praxis of the Glance10. The Ethics of the Glance11. The Natural Environment in a Glance12. Glancing at the Image in Photography and PaintingConcluding Thoughts: Catching Sight of SurpriseAfterword: Families of the Glance and the GazeIndexshow more

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