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Transformative Experience

L. A. Paul


As we live our lives, we make decisions that shape our future selves and circumstances. When making such choices, such as whether to start a family, or which career to pursue, we often try to assess our options by imagining what different futures would be like. This book argues that, for choices involving dramatically new, life-changing experiences, we are confronted by the brute fact that we can know very little about our subjective futures. If we make major life choices, choices that can even change who we will become, in the way we naturally and intuitively want to—by considering what we ca ... More

Keywords: transformative, experience, phenomenology, decision theory, decisions, epistemology, philosophy of mind, preferences, agency, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198717959
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

L. A. Paul, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill