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Palgrave Macmillan

How to be Critically Open-Minded: A Psychological and Historical Analysis

ISBN 9781137301048
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Ever wondered how to be open-minded without losing your critical edge? In this fascinating and subversive analysis, psychologist John Lambie explains how to see the other person's point of view while remaining critical – in other words how to be "critically open-minded".

In a wide ranging and entertaining account that covers a diverse array of topics – including the psychology of rationality, the novels of Jane Austen, the critical attitude of Galileo, the politics of the Levellers, and the parables of Jesus – Lambie explores both the history and psychology of critical open-mindedness, and explains how to cultivate it. Along the way he finds open and closed mindedness in many surprising and unexpected places.

Combining history and psychology, Lambie examines the social and psychological underpinnings of critical open-mindedness and explores its implications for scientific and moral progress.

John Lambie is currently Reader in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His primary research focus is on the awareness of emotion.

Preface
1. How is Human Progress Possible?
PART I: CRITICAL OPEN MINDEDNESS: WHAT IS IT?
2. Introducing Critical Open Mindedness
3. Case Study I: Open and Closed Minds – Erasmus v. Luther
4. Previous Approaches to Open Mindedness: From Socrates to Present
5. Summary of the New Model
PART II: CRITICAL OPEN MINDEDNESS: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
6. Decision Making, Morality and Well Being
7. Case Study II: Morality -The Levellers and Religious Toleration
8. Case Study III: Science-Galileo and Critical Perspective-Shifting
PART III: CRITICAL OPEN MINDEDNESS: WHAT UNDERPINS IT?
9. A History of Open and Closed Societies
10. Psychological amd Biological Roots of Open-Mindedness
11. Case Study IV: Sound Self-Awareness - Jane Austen v. Joseph Stalin
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
12. Defending and Cultivating Critical Open Mindedness
13. Open-Mindedness, Science and Religion
14. Summary and Conclusion

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"In this wide-ranging study, John Lambie combines insights from psychology with memorable historical examples to engage the reader in a thought-provoking exploration of open-mindedness and its role in moral decision-making and the search for knowledge." - William Hare, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada
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