New Book Announcement: The Sensus Communis, Synesthesia & the Soul by Eric McLuhan

27Oct15

In this essay of extraordinary scope and depth, Eric McLuhan explores faith as a form of knowing. He does so against the backdrop of preliterate man’s concrete, bodily submersion in the putting on of poetry and drama (the practice of mimesis) and post-literate man’s bodiless submersion in electronic communication, in which sender and receiver are everywhere and nowhere at once. In traversing the Aristotelian and Medieval concept of sensus communis, he examines synesthesia as, in effect, its operating system and charts the modern and contemporary mandate to embrace the discarnate. He washes up on the shore of religion as he uncovers a trinity of knowledge, that is, three kinds of sensus communis – the five physical senses, the four intellectual senses of Scripture (historical, allegorical, tropological, and anagogical), and the three theological senses (faith, hope, and charity)-each of the three complete in itself yet interacting with one another. A fascinating odyssey that will dazzle the senses.

Addendum October 28:  Eric McLuhan is launching his latest book ‘The Sensus Communis, Synesthesia and the Soul: an Odyssey‘ at the McLuhan Centre for Culture & Technology, St. Michael’s College, U of Toronto on Friday, November 6 at 7pm. All are welcome.

 Eric McLuhan press portraitAbout the Author

Eric McLuhan, PhD, a renowned literary and communications theorist, is also the author, most recently, of Cynic Satire, The Human Equation series (written with mime artist Wayne Constantineau), Theories of Communication, and Media and Formal Cause. Earlier, he co-authored essays and books with Marshall McLuhan including Laws of Media: The New Science and published The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake, among other books. McLuhan lives in Bloomfield, Ontario.

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2 Responses to “New Book Announcement: The Sensus Communis, Synesthesia & the Soul by Eric McLuhan”


  1. 1 Celebrating re-launch of McLuhan’s Coach House activity in the 21 Century | Human as Media
  2. 2 Christian Humanist Profiles 63: Sensus Communis, Synesthesia, and the Soul | The Christian Humanist

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