Counter-experience describes a perception of a non-objective (typically spiritual) phenomenon. First coined by French phenomenologist Jean-Luc Marion, it has been elevated to book title status by Marion scholar Kevin Hart.
Contrast with experience
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.
- 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.
- Hart, Kevin. (2007) Counter-experiences: reading Jean-Luc Marion. University of Notre Dame Press, ISBN 978-0-268-03078-0
- 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