Experience

Experience as a general concept comprises knowledge of or skill of some thing or some event gained through involvement in or exposure to that thing or event. The history of the word experience aligns it closely with the concept of experiment. For example, the word experience could be used in a statement like: "I have experience in fishing".

The concept of experience generally refers to know-how or procedural knowledge, rather than propositional knowledge: on-the-job training rather than book-learning. Philosophers dub knowledge based on experience "empirical knowledge" or "a posteriori knowledge".

The interrogation of experience has a long tradition in continental philosophy. Experience plays an important role in the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. The German term Erfahrung, often translated into English as "experience", has a slightly different implication, connoting the coherency of life's experiences.

A person with considerable experience in a specific field can gain a reputation as an expert.

Certain religious traditions (such as types of Buddhism, Surat Shabd Yoga, mysticism and Pentecostalism) and educational paradigms with, for example, the conditioning of military recruit-training (also known as "boot camps"), stress the experiential nature of human epistemology. This stands in contrast to alternatives: traditions of dogma, logic or reasoning. Participants in activities such as tourism, extreme sports and recreational drug-use also tend to stress the importance of experience.

Read more about Experience:  Types of Experience, Contexts of Experience, Changes in Experience Through History, Alternatives To Experience, Writing, Art

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Personal Experience - History
... In Ancient Rome it was believed that personal experience was part of some divine or species-wide collective experience ... and military morale with such notions, than a strictly personal idea of experience ... Joseph Campbell were notable investigators of these ideas of collective experience in the 20th century ...
Air Accidents Investigation Branch - Organisation
... Able to offer appropriate command experience on fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters ... be a Chartered Engineer with a minimum of 5 years' post qualifications experience ... Knowledge and experience of modern aircraft control systems ...
Psychosynthesis - Model of The Person - “I”
... distinct but not separate from all contents of experience ... Psychosynthesis suggests that 'we can experience the will as having four stages ... the contents come and go, while “I” may remain present to each experience as it arises ...
Experience - Art
... a series of happenings that ironically took up the implications of the term "experience" Experience the Experience ...
Work Experience
... Work experience is the experience that a person has been working, or worked in a specific field or occupation ...

Famous quotes containing the word experience:

    All you’ve got is the word of a fool dog. It’s been my experience that a bloodhound is the foolishest dog that is. I don’t remember of anybody ever keeping a bloodhound for a yard dog. They’re such dad blasted fools.
    Laurence Stallings (1894–1968)

    Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.
    Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926)