THE CONCEPT OF EXPERIENCE: A REHABILITATION OR A FUNERAL FEAST?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Ideja opyta: reabilitacija ili trizna?
Author(s): 
Ilya Kasavin
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 3 (Vol. 33)
Pages: 
5-18
Abstract: 

Experience balances between the poles of epistemology and ontology, between the scope of existence and scope of knowledge. The analysis of experience is based upon a number of intuitions. Thus, experience confronts thinking, just as direct knowledge – the discursive one; as the probable – the reliable, the real – the formal; the local – the universal; the diverse – the single; habitus – reflection; tradition – rationality. Experience is given in no other way than through this diversity, and "to express it in notions" remains elusive, otherwise experience would have lost its own status. Experience as a form of knowledge reveals relativism; experience as a form of life is the daily routine. Pure experience is non-existent, and purely social experience lacks individuality. Local experience serves to solve particular tasks. The experience as such is a problem which has no solution.

Keywords: 
experience, knowledge, tradition, rationality
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