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Being Experienced

posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:37 PM by Paul Ketko
"Being experienced" does not consist in the fact that someone already knows everything and knows better than anyone else. Rather, the experienced person proves to be, on the contrary, someone who...because of the many experiences he has had and the knowledge he has drawn form them, is particularly well-equipped to have new experiences and to learn from them. The dialectic of experience has its proper fulfillment not in definitive knowledge but in the openness to experience that is made possible by experience itself.

[Hans-Georg Gadamer, 1983, in Conferring: The Keystone to Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen - pp. 135]