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Bearing Witness to Epiphany
Persons, Things, and the Nature of Erotic Life
Bearing Witness to Epiphany
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John Russon - Author
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
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Hardcover - 166 pages
Release Date: January 2009
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2503-0

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Makes the novel argument that erotic life is the real sphere of human freedom.

In this probing sequel to the popular and award-winning Human Experience, John Russon asks, “What is it to be a person?” The answer: the key to our humanity lies in our sexuality, where we experience the freedom to shape identities creatively in cooperation with another. With grace and philosophical rigor, Russon shows that an exploration of sexuality not only illuminates the psychological dimensions of our interpersonal lives but also provides the basis for a new approach to ethics and politics. Responsibilities toward others, he contends, develop alongside our personal growth. Bearing Witness to Epiphany brings to light the essential relationship between ethical and political bonds and the development of our powers of expression, leading to a substantial study of the nature and role of art in human life.

Bearing Witness to Epiphany is another beautifully written book by John Russon, a companion to his excellent Human Experience. While continental philosophy has relentlessly deconstructed the classical form of the philosophy book, Russon has revived this form in a most compelling way. Russon’s writing is so lucid, that the book seems to read itself. More importantly, like Human Experience, Bearing Witness to Epiphany is the expression of profound thinking. This book should make it clear to everyone that John Russon is one of the few original voices working in continental philosophy today.” — Leonard Lawlor, coeditor of The Merleau-Ponty Reader

John Russon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and the author of Human Experience: Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life, also published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. The Epiphany of the Real

1. Initiations: On Method

Rhythm
The Music of Everyday Life
Wonder
The Bodily a Priori

2. Ambiguity: On Metaphysics

The Body
Perception
Attitude
Marks
Others
Our World

3. Learning and Insight: On Epistemology

Insight
Learning as Growth
Humanity and Tragedy
Humanity and Learning
Humanity and Art
Imperatives
Witnessing

Part II. Bearing Witness

4. Responsibility: On Ethics

Sexuality
Sexuality and Responsibility
The Growth of Interpersonal Responsibility
The Ethical Field
Honesty and Betrayal
Property and Universality
Property and Honesty
Property and Creation
Art, Philosophy, and the Imperative to the World

5. Art and Philosophy

Polytemporality and Self-Transformation
Art in Human Development
Property and Self-Transformation
Reality
Honesty
Justice

Bibliography
Index


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