Bearing Witness to Epiphany: Persons, Things, and the Nature of Erotic Life

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SUNY Press, Jan 8, 2009 - Philosophy - 156 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Initiations On Method
11
Rhythm
12
The Music of Everyday Life
16
Wonder
23
The Bodily a Priori
25
Ambiguity On Metaphysics
29
Perception
33
Attitude
36
Bearing Witness
71
Responsibility On Ethics
73
Sexuality and Responsibility
75
The Growth of Interpersonal Responsibility
82
The Ethical Field
85
Honesty and Betrayal
88
Universality and Property
95
Property and Honesty
105

Marks
39
Others
42
Our World
44
Learning and Insight On Epistemology
45
Insight
46
Learning as Growth
50
Humanity and Tragedy
53
Humanity and Learning
59
Humanity and Art
64
Imperatives
66
Witnessing
69
Property and Creation
109
Art Philosophy and the Imperative to the World
110
Art and Philosophy
113
Art in Human Development
120
Property and SelfTransformation
127
Honesty
130
Justice
132
Bibliography
137
Index
149
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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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