Experience: a real issue for humanities
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In our contemporary humanistic discussions, 'experience' appears, on the one hand, as a new source metaphor reorganising the field of research (V. Turner, E. Bruner); a 'real issue for humanities, again' (M. Jay); an antidote for a crisis of representationism (F. Ankersmit); and, on the other, as an expression of impossible or even undesirable issues (R.Rorty). Those advocating the momentousness of the issue of experience primarily focus on a border experience, determined through confrontation with the language, discursiveness, expressiveness. Experience is not considered as an attitude or touchstone of reliable knowledge but rather, as an extremely hard-to-access subject thereof, or even an aporia, which manifests itself clearest in the Holocaust-related issues. The questions of witness, testimony and certification, connected with the issue of experience, as discussed by Georgio Agamben in 'Quel che Resta di Auschwitz', entice the ethical dimension of humanities research to be considered as a question of the researcher's participation in the structure of attestation/certification.
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