Shop Content Created By Professionals For Professionals

Free Delivery On Orders Above $20 In Singapore



Hardback By Scott Lash
Regular price
Sale price
Regular price
Sold out
Unit price

- FREE Delivery on orders above $20 within Singapore.
- International Shipping & Tax calculated at checkout.

Product Description

This book is a radical plea for the centrality of experience in the social and human sciences. Lash argues that a large part of the output of the social sciences today is still shaped by assumptions stemming from positivism, in contrast to the tradition of interpretative social enquiry pioneered by Max Weber. These assumptions are particularly central to economics, with its emphasis on homo economicus, the utility-maximizing actor, but they have infiltrated the other social sciences too. Lash argues for a social sciences based not in positivism’s utilitarian a priori but instead in the a posteriori of grounded and embedded subjective experience. His wide-ranging account starts from considerations of ancient experience via Aristotle’s technics, continues through a politics of Hannah Arendt’s ‘a posteriori’ public sphere and concludes with the contemporary – with technological experience, on the one hand, and with Chinese post-ontological thought, in which the ‘ten thousand things’ themselves are doing the experiencing, on the other. This original book by a leading social and cultural theorist will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, cultural studies and throughout the social sciences.

Product Details

Format: Hardback, 200 pages Language: English
Dimension: 23.11cm x 15.24cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 0745695140
Weight: 476g ISBN13: 9780745695143
Publication Date: 25 May 2018 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Scott Lash is Professor of Journalism and Communications at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford.

Product Reviews


‘In this book, Scott Lash analyses the diverse meanings of a concept key to the social sciences and provides a hermeneutic lens through which the languages of sociology, anthropology, technology and art illuminate one another. A broadening of perspective, engaging with Chinese cosmology at the end of the book, distinguishes Experience as a truly global account of our age.

’Roberto Esposito, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa‘In his remarkable book, Scott Lash weaves his way through eras and cultures to construct a possible theory – transcultural and transhistorical – of what most defies theory. The “empirical” option he gradually develops can indeed, after James and Arendt, erect experience as philosophy's decisive issue.

’ François Jullien, Fondation maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris"This is a book of amazing scholarly scope. It stands out as an extremely serious study that does not pander to fads and fashions nor seek approval from readers. Here is a major statement that will surprise many who think they are familiar with Lash's thought."Philip Smith, Yale University


Domestic Delivery (Singapore)
- Your order will be delivered to you within 1-3 business days.
- We are delighted to be able to offer FREE delivery on all orders above $20 in Singapore.

International Delivery
- Your order will be delivered to you within 7-30 business days.
- Any applicable import duties, taxes (including VAT) and shipping charges will depend on your destination country. All chargers will be displayed at checkout.

All prices shown on the Content Binded website are in Singaporean dollars. The prices shown are inclusive of GST.

The best way to contact us is by filling in the online contact form within the Contact Us section. The form is designed to help you specify the query that you have and then direct it to a member of our customer support team that is best suited to deal with it.

We work hard to deal with your queries within 24 hours.We also welcome to receiving any suggestions or feedback as to how we can improve. All emails are read by a member of a customer support team. Please send your emails to

We currently ship to countries and regions seen below.

- Singapore
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong
- Indonesia
- Japan
- Korea (South)
- Macau
- Malaysia
- Philippines
- Taiwan
- Thailand
- Vietnam