Sallis, John
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/08/2006
Format: Paperback 1 figures, 39 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21871-1
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Philosophers have become increasingly concerned with the places and spaces of our Earth. They are finally coming to acknowledge their situatedness, and to be grateful for it. Sallis’s wonderful book evokes in word and image the power of places that bring him—and now us—to think, feel, imagine, and write." —David Farrell Krell, DePaul University

How does it feel to get caught in a violent storm in the high Alps? What does a visitor think while ascending the sacred way in Delphi? How does a rock garden in Kyoto challenge one’s sense of self? What comes out of a face-to-face encounter with deer in the woods? In Topographies, John Sallis invites readers to open their imaginations to the power of evocative places. Written in the style of a travel diary, Sallis responds reflectively and receptively to experiences that are beyond the carefully prepared tidbits of the exotic that often characterize tourism. On this venture into the foreign, Sallis discloses a unique power for drawing from place as he allows himself and readers to be drawn into it. Forty illustrations grace the book and enhance our sense of what it means to understand and connect to our world.

Author Bio

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann, S.J. Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of Force of Imagination (IUP, 2000) and On Translation (IUP, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Evocative Places
1. Translations
2. Elements
3. Winter Stories
4. Arches
5. Welkin
6. Sublimities
7. Garden Time
8. Islands
9. Caldera
10. Thalassic Surfaces
11. Lightlines
12. Ascent
13. Earthbound
14. Silence
15. Storm at Dusk
16. Solstitial Fires
17. Ancient Memories
18. Chora
19. Descent
20. At Sea
21. Mountain Spectacle
22. Lumen Naturale
23. Mountain Time
24. Of Stone
25. Protractive Places
26. Visible Elements
27. Cascata
28. Quiet Visibility
29. Shelterings
30. A Little Night Music
31. Beyond the Narrows
32. Force