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Philosophy Aesthetics

Sites of Exposure

Art, Politics, and the Nature of Experience

by (author) John Russon

Indiana University Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2017
Aesthetics, Phenomenology
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John Russon draws from a broad range of art and literature to show how philosophy speaks to the most basic and important questions in our everyday lives. In Sites of Exposure, Russon grapples with how personal experiences such as growing up and confronting death combine with broader issues such as political oppression, economic exploitation, and the destruction of the natural environment to make life meaningful. His is cutting-edge philosophical work, illuminated by original and rigorous thinking that relies on cross-cultural communication and engagement with the richness of human cultural history. These probing interpretations of the nature of phenomenology, the philosophy of art, history, and politics, are appropriate for students and scholars of philosophy at all levels.

About the author

John Russon is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Guelph.

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Editorial Reviews


Sites of Exposure offers a compelling analysis of our experiential life that constitutes what is (and what is not) meaningful to us. The book provides an accessible and timely work on phenomenology that sheds a fresh light on the 'basic principles' that are often implied or occluded in our dominant models for interpreting the world. The author does an excellent job of showing the extent to which such a focus can be crucial for our attempts to understand the current world and our experience of it; from the personal, the interpersonal, to the political. Russon's book is for anyone interested in the topics of philosophy, art, and politics and the question of how those realms are entangled and linked to the level of our lived experience.

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The author provides a unified vision of a philosophy of art, history, and culture, and he avoids academic jargon in a successful attempt to make the book accessible to all in different but relevant practical ways. . . . Recommended.


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