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1. In Philosophy

In the empiricist tradition in modern philosophy, experience is contrasted with reason as a source of knowledge. Beginning with John Locke (1632–1704), empiricists have argued that reason alone cannot provide knowledge of what actually exists in the world; for that purpose, experience is required. Rational reflection on the idea of a sphere can provide knowledge of the properties of a sphere, but only by experience can we determine whether or not somet…

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Proudfoot, Wayne, “Experience”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E688>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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