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


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. How Is Human Progress Possible?

    1. John Lambie
      Pages 1-9
  3. Critical Open-Mindedness: What Is It?

  4. Critical Open-Mindedness: What Is It Good For?

  5. Critical Open-Mindedness: What Underpins It?

  6. Implications and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. John Lambie
      Pages 198-206
    3. John Lambie
      Pages 207-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-239

About this book


In a lively and subversive analysis, psychologist John Lambie explains how to see another person's point of view while remaining critical – in other words how to be 'critically open-minded'. Using entertaining examples from history and psychology, Lambie explores the implications of critical open-mindedness for scientific and moral progress.


Open-mindedness critical thinking rationality science religion morality Galileo Erasmus Luther Levellers psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

About the authors

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.

Bibliographic information


"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