European Journal of Philosophy 28 (1):199-213 (2020)

Havi Carel
University of Bristol
Ian James Kidd
Nottingham University
We develop a broader, more fine-grained taxonomy of forms of ‘transformative experience’ inspired by the work of L.A. Paul. Our vulnerability to such experiences arises, we argue, due to the vulnerability, dependence, and affliction intrinsic to the human condition. We use this trio to distinguish a variety of positively, negatively, and ambivalently valenced forms of epistemically and/or personally transformative experiences. Moreover, we argue that many transformative experiences can arise gradually and cumulatively, unfolding over the course of longer periods of time.
Keywords transformative experience  L.A. Paul  suffering  vulnerability  affliction  dependence
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