Curiosity As Sin


Stanley Fish writes about the religious tradition that condemns curiosity:

[The curious] have no power of self-control because they have no allegiance to a deity, to human flourishing, to community that might serve as a check on their insatiable curiosity. (Curiosity is inherently insatiable; its satisfactions are only momentary; there is always another horizon.) In short, curiosity sometimes called research, sometimes called unfettered inquiry, sometimes called progress, sometimes called academic freedom is their God. The question, posed by thinkers from Aquinas to Augustine to Newman to Griffiths, is whether this is the God the God, ultimately, of self we want to worship. Given the evidence...the answer would seem to be yes.

Peter Lawler adds his thoughts.The Dish considers curiosity more virtue than vice. But then we would, wouldn't we?

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