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The Validity of First-Person Descriptions as Authenticity and Coherence

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This article is devoted to the description of the experience associated with listening to a sound. In the first part, we describe the method we used to gather descriptions of auditory experience and to analyse these descriptions. This work of explicitation and analysis has enabled us to identify a threefold generic structure of this experience, depending on whether the attention of the subject is directed towards (1) the event which is at the source of the sound, (2) the sound in itself, considered independently from its source, (3) the felt sound. In the second part of the article, we describe this structure. The third part is devoted to a discussion of these results and the paths they open up in various fields of theoretical and applied research.

Keywords: Auditory experience; lived experience; pre-reflective; sound; structure of experience

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, 32 boulevard Victor, 75015 Paris, France., Email:

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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