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Iteratively Apprehending Pristine Experience

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Abstract:

Pristine experience is inner experience that is directly ongoing before it is disturbed by any attempt at apprehension; we live our lives immersed in our pristine experiences. I argue that an iterative method -- one that successively approximates the desired result -- facilitates the faithful apprehension of pristine experience. There are four main aspects of an iterative method: the refreshment by new experience; the improvement of the observations; the multiple perspectives on experience; and (perhaps most importantly) the open- beginningedness of the process. Because an iterative exploration of experience is open-beginninged, first interviews occupy a unique position in an iterative method. I comment on the transcript of a first interview, showing why and how an iterative procedure is desirable, if not necessary.

Keywords: Descriptive Experience Sampling; Pristine experience; bracketing presuppositions; inner experience; introspection; iterative method; open-beginninged

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89052-5030, US, Email: russ@unlv.nevada.edu.

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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