The Un-Neutrality of Questions

How do we come to pose our questions? When we pose them, how do we go about answering them? No problem just falls from heaven. Something awakens our interest—that is really what comes first! At the beginning of every effort to understand is a concern about something: confronted by a question one is to answer, one’s knowledge of what one is interpreting is thrown into uncertainty, and this causes one to search for an answer. In order to come up with an answer, the person then begins asking questions. But no one asks questions von sich aus [just from oneself]—apropos of nothing. To think otherwise is simply to fall into scientific ideology. No, understanding is not something that takes place at the end of humanistic research about an object, it stands at the beginning and governs the whole process of questioning, step by step. –Gadamer in Conversation, 50

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3 Comments

  1. Kraml said,

    August 23, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Having fun with Gadamer, eh?

  2. Neoclassical said,

    August 25, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I have found him to be far more interesting and acceptable than I had thought.

    He sounds to me like Lukacs, for some reason, and I like Lukacs very much.

  3. Kraml said,

    February 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I found page 393 in Brad Sherman, “Hermeneutics in Law,” The Modern Law Review 51 (1988): 386-402, interesting re: your question. Kraml


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