Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Epistemic Closure"

Patricia Cohen on the phrase which is "being used as shorthand by some prominent conservatives for a kind of closed-mindedness in the movement, a development they see as debasing modern conservatism’s proud intellectual history" — The Closing of the Conservative Mind.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Actually it is just a fancy way of saying, "nobody is taking my ideas seriously." It is also short-hand-speak for "no conservative journals are willing to publish my articles."

This idea that conservative media outlets are somehow uniquely close-minded nowadays is silly. Conservatives can be close-minded, but no more so than anybody else.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Kevin J Jones said...

Supposedly the phrase had a special meaning when it was coined but is now just a fancy way for saying "close-minded."

I'd like to know if any commentator or aspiring commentator making charges of epistemic closure lives outside of the NYC / DC pundit habitat area.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Re: Kevin

Supposedly the phrase had a special meaning when it was coined but is now just a fancy way for saying "close-minded."

In other words, it's just another fancy way of saying one of the things they've always said about conservatives; namely, that they're "close minded."

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

P.S.

Isn't it also the case that those making the charge of conservatives being "closed minded" are often the ones to whom the epithet most fits?

Or to put it more colorfully, isn't this another case of "who smelt it dealt it."

10:21 AM  

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