This book review in a scholarly journal was originally published as: Morrison, G. J. (). Book Review: John Russon, Human Experience: Philosophy. John Russon’s Human Experience draws on central concepts of contemporary European philosophy to develop a novel analysis of the human. Traversing the meaning of being and reflecting upon the world of everyday human experience, John Russon has introduced a heartening perspective of.

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Aristotle’s ethics amounts to an effort to fulfill the human potential. Multicultural Dynamics and the Ends of History: A Phenomenological Account of the Experience of Home.

John Russon

Responsibilities toward others, he contends, develop alongside our personal growth. Likewise, a parent who yells admonishments frequently in a household may cultivate children who are loathe to yell or to receive criticism, and who themselves may work to develop a habit of never openly resisting or questioning their friends or signiicant others. Wilson – – Acta Biotheoretica 42 1: What is ursson most distinctive about the book is that, like Aristotle’s ethics, the explicit aim of the book is not merely to help us understand ourselves but to assist in the process of actually becoming better.

Click here to sign up. Its argument unfolds in such as way as to lead the reader through what seems like a series of discoveries, or epiphanies, concerning her own life and her own place in the world. Russon and the Education of the Soul 53 each person as having the ability to develop his or her own role and own identity.

I highly recommend this book. This book should make it clear to everyone that John Russon is one of the few original voices working in continental philosophy today. While both Russon and Fillion argue that this transition is necessary humaj the development of healthy interpersonal situations at a local and global level, both also agree that achieving this transition successfully is dificult.


Human Experience: Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life

The problem is, if this was a problem in the time of Aristotle it is much more obviously a problem today, where individuals and families and religions and communities have nothing close to a consensus about the nature of human beings and the strategies for their education. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Glenn Morrison – – Heythrop Journal 49 3: In erotic experience, we experience the presence of others in our bodies, that is, we experience the non-isolability of our bodily identity from the signiicance others place upon it: Ben Highmore – – Routledge.

The Open Figure of Experience and Mind. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Continental Philosophy Humanistic Psychology.

Human Experience

Russon analyzes the dynamic process by which we make ourselves at home in a culture, and at the same time come into conflict with other cultures. Philosophy, Neurosis and the Elements of Everyday Life. Though our initial family situation inaugurates a certain way of being-in-the-world, and in doing so leads us in certain directions rather than others, it does not do so as a causal force would.

University of Ottawa Press,pp Russon and the Education of the Soul 57 —. Remember me on this computer. The habit has opened a certain world, and it is this world, far more than any isolated gesture or physical component, that must be reshaped.

His most recent book, Sites of Exposurebroadens the perspective of these earlier books to address issues of politics and history. Sign in Create an account. John Russon’s Human Experience draws on central concepts of contemporary European philosophy to develop a novel analysis of the human psyche.


Sexual experience, Russon argues, is the experience of our embodiment as the locus of intersubjective contact and compulsion. A Journal of Polysemic Thought meaning-grounding character of our habits or to transcend those habits and craft new ones if they no longer offer us a suficiently responsive way of being-in-the-world.

Thus, whatever their character may be, the family narratives that offer an initial shape to our lives and ways of moving about the world of meaning are also those that give us a platform from which we can change ourselves and develop into new narratives.

Human Experience teaches us to russin our own lives philosophically, and to approach philosophical texts through live philosophical engagement rather than academic detachment. Philosophy, Neurosis and the Elements of Everyday Life.

Contemporary Continental Philosophy in Canada eds. The habits we develop in our families can easily conflict with those required for performance in school or expected in church or demanded by our relationships within the larger community. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

The Body as Family Narrative: Critiques of Everyday Life. History of Western Philosophy. What that may be is not certain: The basic argument of the text can be summarized fairly quickly in a series of theses that build upon each other: Harris —[8] the pre-eminent Hegel scholar in the English-speaking world.