On Feelings

Posted December 19, 2017 11:37 pm by James V. Schall, S.J.

On Feelings

The administration of a major university recently sought information about the success of a new initiative. A survey was sent around. The respondents were asked in various ways to express their “feelings” about the program. About “feelings,” of course, no controversy or disagreement can follow. If “feeling” is the category under which we find out about things, we can have no argument. “Feelings” as such, however fleeting, are absolute. Either we have them or we do not.
Such is the meaning of the old Latin adage: De gustibus non est disputandum – about taste there is no dispute. In a world

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