ABSTRACT

LISTENING AND THE QUESTION Invoking Gadamer's salient claims we are confronted by an illuminating hermeneutical openness which is, nonetheless, impinged upon by those prejudicial elements in our philosophical tradition which overshadow the function of listening. 'The problem that we should face is the logical structure of openness, which characterizes hermeneutical consciousness' ,I he suggests. It is at this point that the preliminary problem of how to discuss the logical structure of openness arises; the term 'openness' , that is, needs to be clarified further. Unless there is a reasonable certainty of being able to understand the answers, or even the questions which might be addressed to us, the possibilities of a 'logical structure of openness' will be slight. There remains, however , one more problem, touching directly on the question: the doubt, which can not be easily dispelled, as to whether any 'logical structure' can be at all open to listening when our traditional reasoning primarily generates moulding and discursive splendours, perhaps too distant from the latent dimension of authentic listening.