Senses of Landscape

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Publication Date
July 2015
Page Count
128 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Senses of Landscape

John Sallis

Beginning with the assertion that earth is the elemental place that grants an abode to humans and to other living things, in Senses of Landscape the philosopher John Sallis turns to landscapes, and in particular to their representation in painting, to present a power­ful synthetic work.

Senses of Landscape proffers three kinds of analyses, which, though distinct, continually intersect in the course of the book. The first consists of extended analyses of distinctive landscapes from four exemplary painters, Paul Cezanne, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Klee, and Guo Xi. Sallis then turns to these art­ists’ own writings—treatises, essays, and letters—about art in general and landscape painting in particular, and he sets them into a philosophical context. The third kind of analysis draws both on Sallis’s theoretical writings and on the canonical texts in the philosophy of art (Kant, Schelling, Hegel, and Heidegger). These analyses present for a wide audience a profound sense of landscape and of the earthly abode of the human.

About the Author

JOHN SALLIS is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. His works include Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental (2012), Light Traces (2014), and Klee’s Mirror (2014).

“Original, precise, and erudite, Senses of Landscape provokes a rare combination of serenity, excitement, and insight. The writing could not be more lucid. The author’s thoughts on landscape somehow combine surprise with inevitability.”--Bernard Freydberg, Duquesne University, author of The Thought of John Sallis (Northwestern University Press, 2012)