Transitional: senses and forms of the verb, ‘to experience’

J. M. Hinton

in Experiences

Published in print May 1973 | ISBN: 9780198244035
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191680717 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Transitional: senses and forms of the verb, ‘to experience’

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This chapter discusses that to experience is, roughly, ‘to undergo, witness’. There are two different verbs here, and each has various forms. Confusion threatens as a result of this situation. ‘To experience’ is really two or more quite different verbs. The chapter distinguishes, independently, between different kinds of grammatical object which those two verbs might take; different sorts of thing that might be said to a-experience and/or b-experience. It does not invariably impose the stipulation that the grammatical subject of the event must have the right sort of awareness or consciousness of it. The chapter suggests that it does seem that when the awareness involved in cal-1-experiencing X-ing takes the form of experiencing, in the b sense of course, then it has to be virtually simultaneous with the X-ing.

Keywords: experience; object; subject; event; awareness; consciousness; form; sense

Chapter.  3588 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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