Experience: New Foundations for the Human Sciences (Paperback)Scott Lash (author)
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Lash argues for a social sciences based not in positivism's utilitarian a priori but instead in the a posteriori of grounded and embedded subjective experience. His wide-ranging account starts from considerations of ancient experience via Aristotle's technics, continues through a politics of Hannah Arendt's 'a posteriori' public sphere and concludes with the contemporary - with technological experience, on the one hand, and with Chinese post-ontological thought, in which the 'ten thousand things' themselves are doing the experiencing, on the other.
This original book by a leading social and cultural theorist will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, cultural studies and throughout the social sciences.
Publisher: Polity Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 342 g
Dimensions: 237 x 163 x 17 mm
Philip Smith, Yale University
"In this book, Scott Lash analyses the diverse meanings of a concept key to the social sciences and provides a hermeneutic lens through which the languages of sociology, anthropology, technology and art illuminate one another. A broadening of perspective, engaging with Chinese cosmology at the end of the book, distinguishes Experience as a truly global account of our age."Roberto Esposito, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
"In his remarkable book, Scott Lash weaves his way through eras and cultures to construct a possible theory - transcultural and transhistorical - of what most defies theory. The "empirical" option he gradually develops can indeed, after James and Arendt, erect experience as philosophy's decisive issue."Francois Jullien, Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris