Gadamer provides an explanation of his attitude to authority, in which he refers, among other things, to his personal experience. The basis of the modern scientific method is an impartiality of approach and the exclusion of the subjective point of view. The raising of hermeneutical questions, however, does not allow one to blindly accept objectivity. In the complex phenomena that include social processes, economical contexts and the understanding of texts and traditions, a part is played by the participation of the person, his or her involvement in contexts, the influence of traditions, the formation of patterns and the guidance of authority. Authority can have, in Gadamer’s view, a creative influence on the person, opening up new possibilities of freedom.
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