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Counter-experience describes a perception of a non-objective (typically spiritual) phenomenon. First coined[1] by French phenomenologist Jean-Luc Marion, it has been elevated to book title status by Marion scholar Kevin Hart.[2]

Contrast with experience[edit]

One may experience physical objects using the five senses. In contrast, one may counter-experience revelation, a spiritual presence, or an awareness. Feelings of sublimity or awe are often indicators of counter-experience.[3]


  1. ^ Marion, Jean-Luc and Derrida, Jacques (1999). On the Gift. A Discussion between Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Marion. Moderated by Richard Kearney. In God, the Gift, and Postmodernism. Edited by John D. Caputo and Michael J. Scanlon. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1999. pp 54-78.
  2. ^ Hart, Kevin. (2007) Counter-experiences: reading Jean-Luc Marion. University of Notre Dame Press, ISBN 978-0-268-03078-0
  3. ^ Hart, Kevin (2005) Poetry and Revelation: Hopkins, Counter-Experience and Reductio Archived 2011-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Pacifica, 18 (3). pp. 259-280. ISSN 1030-570X