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experientialism

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine that all our knowledge has its origin in experience, and must submit to the test of experience.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Philos.) The doctrine that experience, either that of ourselves or of others, is the test or criterion of general knowledge; -- opposed to intuitionalism.

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  • noun philosophy The theory that experience is the source of knowledge.

Etymologies

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experiential +‎ -ism

Examples

  • Specifically, what's foundationally important for Humean Empiricism is not anti-Nativism, but what we might call experientialism, the thesis that all our ideas are representations of particular sensory states.

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  • A couple of women at the screening said that you could tell that good friends had written it because they really understood how friends spoke to one another, but I think this is just a tendency to explain anything women do through the lens of experientialism, lest we get too big for our boots and use our imaginations.

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  • A couple of women at the screening said that you could tell that good friends had written it because they really understood how friends spoke to one another, but I think this is just a tendency to explain anything women do through the lens of experientialism, lest we get too big for our boots and use our imaginations.

    Bridesmaids: how a chick flick won over a feminist

  • One of Whitehead's most controversial notions is in fact his panpsychism what David Ray Griffin calls "pan-experientialism", the idea that all of reality possesses, however rudimentary, an inner or subjective life.

    Why I am Not a Pantheist (Nor a Panentheist): Metaphysics, Totalization, and the Cosmos By Jonathan Weidenbaum

  • This turn to experience led to a shift from a concern with the divine, as mediated through the teaching of the mystics, to a concern with what the mystics themselves experienced, which McIntosh calls experientialism.

    Mystical Theology and the Liturgical Consummation of Philosophy

  • The questions of rationalism, experientialism, and biblical criticism were known only to scholars.

    Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism; with an Introduction by T George Harris

  • While experientialism stresses the importance of a personal acquaintance with what we categorize as the divine, evidentialism provides an anchor to prevent such hypothesizing from meandering off into exceedingly esoteric or individualized speculation by providing a basis for belief any interested party is free to investigate at their own leisure.

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  • Rationalism, fideism, and experientialism are largely inwardly focused approaches to knowledge of God with both fideism and experientialism also being highly subjective as well.

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  • Stretching all the way back to the Neoplatonist Plotinus, experientialism views what the believer refers to as God as "the one beyond all knowing and being (66)."

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  • Geisler lists the methodologies to knowledge in general and about God in particular as agnosticism, rationalism, fideism, experientialism, evidentialism, pragmatism, and combinationalism.

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