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Res Philosophica

Volume 92, Issue 2, April 2015

Transformative Experiences

Elizabeth Barnes
Pages 171-187
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.2015.92.2.3

Social Identities and Transformative Experience

In this paper, I argue that whether, how, and to what extent an experience is transformative is often highly contingent. I then further argue that sometimes social conditions are a major factor in whether a certain type of experience is often or typically transformative. Sometimes social conditions make it easy for a type of experience to be transformative, and sometimes they make it hard for a type of experience to be transformative. This, I claim, can sometimes be a matter of social justice: social conditions can make transformativeness too easy or too hard, in a way that harms people.

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