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Experientialism[definition needed] is a philosophical view developed by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. It was first formulated in Metaphors We Live By. In Women, Fire and Dangerous Things, Lakoff expands on the foundations of experientialism with research into the nature of categories.[clarification needed]

Basic realism

Experientialism is especially a response to the objectivist tradition of transcendental truth most prominently formulated by Immanuel Kant. Although experientialism states that there is no "purely rational" detached God's-eye view of the world which is external to human thought, it still requires a commitment to what Lakoff and Johnson call "basic realism". Most importantly, this involves acknowledging the existence of a mind-independent external world and the possibility of stable knowledge of that external world.[1]

See also



  1. ^ Lakoff, George (1987). Women, Fire and Dangerous Things. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. pp. 158. ISBN 0-226-46804-6.