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Contents Introduction: Three Types of Experience Chapter One Have We Forgotten Experience? 1.1 In Praise of the A Posteriori 1.2 Substance 1.3 New Totalitarianisms and Technological Phenomenology: The Chapters Chapter Two Experience in Antiquity: Aristotle's A Posteriori Technics 2.1 Technics and Praxis: Aristotle 2.2 Against Theoretical Reason: Praxis, Technics, Contingency 2.3 Form and Substance: Ancients, Christians and Moderns Chapter Three Subjective Experience: William James's Radical Empiricism 3.1 James's Radical Empiricism 3.1.1 James and Hume: Radical Empiricism and Classical Empiricism 3.1.2 Experience and its Functions 3.2 Pragmatism: Activities 3.3 Dewey or Formal Pragmatics 3.4 Some Conclusions Chapter Four Objective Experience: Methodenstreit and Homo Economicus 4.1 Methodenstreit: Formalists and Substantivists 4.1.1 Historical School: Subjective Experience and Institutions 4.1.2 Max Weber: Subjective Experience as Method, Objective Experience as Outcome 4.2 Classicals and Neoclassicals 4.2.1 Physics and Economics: From Conservation of Substance to Field of Utilities 4.2.2 Scottish Enlightenment 4.3 Conclusions: The Economic and the Political Chapter Five Hannah Arendt's A Posteriori Politics: Free Will, Judgment, and Constitutional Fragility 5.1 Ancients and Moderns 5.2 Pax Romana 5.3 After the Polis: Augustine and Free Will 5.4 Politics as Aesthetic Judgment 5.5 Conclusions: From Politics to the Technological System Chapter Six Forms of Life: Technological Phenomenology 6.1 Forms of Life: Transformations of Performative Language 6.1.1 Forms of Life and Exclusion: Homo sacer's experience 6.1.2 Language and Forms of life 6.2 Technological Forms of Life 6.2.1 Communicational Forms of Life 6.2.2 Entropy against Negentropy 6.2.3 Incompleteness: From Predications (Science) to Algorithms (Engineering) 6.2.4 System Encounter: War Games or Sex Games? 6.3 Conclusions Chapter Seven Aesthetic Multiplicity: The View and the Ten Thousand Things 7.1 Fuzzy Singularities 7.1.1 Views 7.1.2 Art and Singularities 7.2 The Gaze as Multiplicity 7.2.1 Beauty: China against Metaphysics 7.2.2 Mountains that Breathe (and Perceive) Chapter Eight Conclusions 8.1 Technology 8.2 Institutions 8.3 Metaphysics or Empirical Multiplicity

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Scott Lash is Professor and Research Director at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.


"This is a book of amazing scholarly scope. It stands out as an extremely serious study that does not pander to fads and fashions nor seek approval from readers. Here is a major statement that will surprise many who think they are familiar with Lash's thought." 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

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