Monday, April 27, 2009

In my Opinion

Know thyself, what does it really mean to know thyself? Socrates and for that matter Plato might say that the only true knowing is knowing you know nothing. Out of our ignorance perhaps, we question. However, Gadamer notes that not all types of questioning are pure. A question has to have an openness to it if it is to be pure. However, there is something that stands in the way of having an openness to questioning. "It is the power of opinion against which it is so hard to obtain an admission of ignorance. It is opinion that suppresses questions" (pg 329). I found this interesting because of the relationship between opinion and questions. On one hand I can see how opinion can be the downfall of questioning. I personally know people who dismiss the entire field of philosophy because (in their opinion) they have life "figured out" and there is no need for asking "silly" questions.

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