On Openmindedness

On an impulse, I started looking at the issues of a journal called Educational Researcher. I just started looking (just looking) at all the titles of all articles since 1972. One of the titles I found was: “On the Nature of Educational Research” and these were the concluding remarks from that article.

“Openmindedness is not empty mindedness, however, and it is not tolerance of all views good or bad. It is having a sincere concern for truth and a willingness to consider, test, argue and revise on the basis of evidence our own and others’ claims in a reasonable and fair manner (Hare, 1979). This doesn’t mean that we will always reach agreement, or even that we will always be able to understand and appreciate the arguments of others, or that we cannot be committed to a position of our own. Openmindedness only requires a sincere attempt to consider the merits of other views and their claims. It does not release us from exercising judgement.”

From: “On the Nature of Educational Research” by Jonas F.Soltis. Educational Researcher. 1984. 13 (5)
If anyone has access, it could be read here.

The Hare, 1979 referred in this quote is this.

I wonder if the quote is only valid for that context of education!

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  1. Good article. I think openmindedness is necessary for better results in all fields of human interaction, and not merely in “Educational Research”.


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