Use of articles in the English Language is always confusing to me. I know some general rules regarding the use of articles, but I am having trouble applying them.
My question is: should I use an article before introducing a list in a sentence?
Experience allows people to acquire knowledge based on the observation rather than [the] theory, intuition, or innate idea.
I am not sure if "the" is needed here.
My guess is that "the" is not needed because I am not referring to a specific theory or idea. However, "observation" is preceded by "the", does it mean that "the" is also needed before "theory"?