Q&A with Susanna Siegel in Harvard Gazette

November 3, 2021
Illustration by Tang Yau Hoong

Professor Susanna Siegel is featured in a Q&A on how death shapes life in The Harvard Gazette.


“Deaths can seem even more haunting when they’re not recognized as a real loss, which is why it’s so important how deaths are depicted by governments and in mass communication. The genre of the obituary is there to present deaths as a loss to the public. The movement for Black lives brought into focus for everyone what many people knew and felt all along, which was that when deaths are not rendered as losses to the public, then they are depicted in a way that erodes civic regard.”

Siegel is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy and the author of the books The Contents of Visual Experience (2010) and The Rationality of Perception (2017) through Oxford University Press. You can read more about Professor Susanna Siegel’s work here.
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