, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 241-246
Date: 01 May 2011

Edward S. Casey: The World at a Glance

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In The World at a Glance, Edward S. Casey argues that the glance is a critical, and yet often overlooked, aspect of perception. We are constantly glancing, and when we begin to examine these glances, we discover that they are not as simple as we might think. Indeed, we quickly discover that our glances do not consist of one single act that is constantly repeated. Rather, our glances consist of a seemingly infinite variety of uniquely different acts; as Casey insists, there is no such thing as the glance. Our glances cannot be subsumed into the logic of the universal and the particular, and Casey is careful to always qualify the glances he describes with specific adjectives. Moreover, while we usually associate the glance with visual perception, the glance is not even strictly limited to vision (437). Casey, while focusing on the visual glance, observes that touch and hearing can also be enacted in a glance. The glance’s resistance to summation and definition is, if we have thought of t ...