The Hermeneutics of Closed and Open Minds (was "Leo Casey...")

Chris M. Sciabarra sciabrrc at is2.NYU.EDU
Tue Jun 27 08:19:45 MDT 1995

Yes, Gadamer is quite good on this.  But perhaps the best way of looking
at the issue of "closed" and "open" minds is to substitute different
words:  "inactive" vs. "active" minds.  An "active" mind is critical; it
refuses to accept anything on faith; it is committed to critical
thinking and integrated analysis, and it seeks to articulate the
essential principles at issue in any event, experience, action, or idea.
An "active" mind must be objective; but "objectivity" does not consist of
detached neutrality.  "Objectivity" often involves the articulation of
one's basic premises, or prejudices if you will, which often give one an
active interest in the subject at hand.  I would hope that social
scientists who examine issues of justice are not so detached from the
issue that they do not SEEK justice.
				- Chris
Dr. Chris M. Sciabarra
Visiting Scholar, NYU Department of Politics

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