Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 2007

Publication Source

Product Experience

Start Page

1

Last Page

25

Abstract

English dictionaries trace the origin of the word, 'experience' to knowledge of or skill in making experiments. Its etymology suggests an important conceptual truth: experiences are not merely personal and subjective but crucially related to interacting with something of interest, an artifact, an activity, or a situation involving other people. What we will explore here must therefore overcome the objective/subjective Cartesian dichotomy and be concerned instead with how humans experience the world by acting on it and creating it.

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Date Posted: 11 March 2008