R. D. Laing: The Voice of Experience

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  • Daniel Burston (Duquesne University )
  • Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

The Voice of Experience is a partial return to the lucidity and rigour of Laing's earlier work, and a welcome contrast to the reckless speculation and disorganisation of The Facts of Life. Laing issues a strong philosophical warning against the dominance of an objectivising, scientific gaze, and returns – cautiously, this time – to the possibility that there may be some validity to experiences that seem patterned on pre-natal “experiences”.

The first part, set out with Laing's former vigour and style, resembles the critique of scientism, or the unwarranted imposition of scientific methodology on non-scientific domains, mounted by philosophers such as Mary Midgely and John Searle. Like Searle, Laing …

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Burston, Daniel, Gavin Miller. "The Voice of Experience". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2005
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