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eBook The Way of Discovery: An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi ePub
Author: Richard Gelwick
Language: English
ISBN: 1592446876
ISBN13: 978-1592446872
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub; Reprint edition (May 12, 2004)
Pages: 200
Category: Humanities
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Michael Polanyi developed a new way of understanding the process of discovering scientific knowledge - a theory which can alter our notions of ourselves and of existence. In 'The Way of Discovery', Richard Gelwick, a former student of the renowned losopher, presents us with a comprehensive and documented introduction to Polanyi's theory of knowledge. Michael Polanyi was born in Budapest in 1891

About the Author Richard Gelwick is an expert on Michael Polanyi's thoughts. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 10 years ago. The Way of Discovery: An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi. Wipf & Stock Publishers.

About the Author Richard Gelwick is an expert on Michael Polanyi's thoughts. He started his studies and wrote this first book on Polanyi's philosophy, while he served as Coordinator of The Polanyi Society for 21 years.

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The Way of Discovery. Discovery is the organizing principle of Polanyi's world view and it is in this creative act that he found the contact with the divine. An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi Richard Gelwick. The Poet and the Mystic. A Study of the Cantico espiritual of San Juan de la Cruz Colin P. Thompson.

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The way of discovery : an introduction to the thought of Michael Polanyi. New York: Oxford University Press. Michael Polanyi’s post-critical epistemology: A Reconstruction of some aspects of tacit knowing. Hanson, N. (1972). The patterns of discovery: An inquiry into the conceptual foundations of science. New York: The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press. Hempel, C. G. (1966). Philosophy of natural science. Michael Polanyi and the philosophy of science, the viewpoint of a practising scientist. Appraisal, 2(3), 10. oogle Scholar.

Gelwick, R. (1987) The Way of Discovery: An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi, New York: Oxford University Press

Gelwick, R. (1987) The Way of Discovery: An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi, New York: Oxford University Press. Hodgkin, R. (1991) ‘Michael Polanyi – Prophet of life, the universe and everything’ Times Higher Educational Supplement, September 27, page 15. Kuhn, T. (1962) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Polanyi, Michael (1951) The Logic of Liberty. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1951;Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Polanyi, Michael (1964) Science, Faith and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

This book offers the first full exploration of the religious, ethical, and social dimensions of Michael Polanyi's philosophy, and its implications for the crisis of modern culture. Michael Polanyi developed a new way of understanding the process of discovering scientific knowledge - a theory which can alter our notions of ourselves and of existence. In 'The Way of Discovery', Richard Gelwick, a former student of the renowned scientist-turned-philosopher, presents us with a comprehensive and documented introduction to Polanyi's theory of knowledge. Michael Polanyi was born in Budapest in 1891. After a distinguished career as a physical chemist, he turned to philosophy, religion, and social sciences, becoming, by the time of his death in 1976, one of the greatest scientist-philosophers of our century. Polanyi maintained that three centuries of belief in scientific detachment had produced a crisis of culture. Working from his own experience as a scientist, and with an insight from Gestalt psychology, Polanyi asserted that objective scientific knowledge is at bottom personal knowledge - that scientists and artists establish meaning in basically the same way. His ideas call for a new way of thinking and pose a new frontier of thought, a new image of humanity
Warianys
Michael Polanyi was a brilliant scientist and philosopher who has left a legacy of knowledge and hope. However, his writing is so dense with scientific and historical references that it requires considerable background and determination to understand. Author Richard Gelwick leads the reader through the heart of Polanyi's philosophy with intelligence, clarity and kindness. He makes the work accessible to the interested who may not have a strong background in these disciplines.
Aedem
Richard Gelwick was a disciples of Michael Polanyi. This book though written long ago the best and clear enlightment of the core of Polanyi's thought.
Enditaling
The Way of Discovery: An Introduction to the Thought of Michael Polanyi.
By Richard Gelwick. (Wipf&Stock Publishers. Eugene, Oregon 1977)

Polanyi's magnum opus, Personal Knowledge, is for the hearty reader. Gelwick focuses on its essential theme in a very readable style. That theme is the critique of the widely held notion that scientific knowledge, or any other form of knowledge, is, or can be, "objective knowledge."

In Personal Knowledge, as Gelwick explains, Polanyi advocates the complete abandonment of that notion, and its replacement with the theory of "personal knowledge." Much of Gelwick's book reviews Polanyi's arguments.

One of Polanyi's points is that the theory of knowledge as "objective" tries to separate knowledge from the knower. But for Polanyi this is not only a complete distortion of the actual nature of human knowledge, it is a self-alienating absurdity. How can there be knowledge without a person as knower? Indeed, as Gelwick makes clear, Polanyi centers the creation and existence of knowledge on the individual knower.

In actuality, each knower is the central figure in the process of absorbing sense experience, and integrating that with his or her prior knowledge -- as learned through socialization, education, and, for professionals, specialized training. This process of integration is creative, and involves the whole person. The theory of knowledge as somehow "objective" entails a covert effort to escape responsibility for what one knows, as if, for example, scientific discovery and testing did not involve the personal judgments, skill, and intelligence of the individual scientist. The knowledge that each person has is what he or she personally accredits, and personally chooses to believe to be true.

Besides being factually false, the theory of objective knowledge has a corrosive affect on human civilization. It "objectifies" human nature, thereby reducing the value of the individual to that of a machine. Such de-humanization provides no moral barriers, and thus eases the way for political domination, exploitation, and even war. Polanyi's theory of personal knowledge encourages the cultivation of empathy, and the sense of human oneness. It elevates human value. If integrated into modern culture, it would help to humanize our science-based civilization.

Gelwick uses the term "heuristic philosophy" to characterize Polanyi's position. Although suggested over 30 years ago, that term hasn't caught on. "Creative philosophy" seems catchier to me. But why not just say "philosophy of personal knowledge"?

Gelwick's book fails to discuss the implications for social science of Polanyi's views, but Polanyi had an eye on reforming social science when he wrote. Gelwick also way overstates the influence Polanyi's philosophy has had on contemporary thought. One reason Polanyi's thought is so little known today is that, as Marjorie Grene and others have observed, it has been captured by Christians, and confined to the Christian section of university theology departments. In part, by virtue of those associations, philosophers of science and social science have not been moved to take up the study of Polanyi. To his great credit, unlike such authors of introductory works as Scott, Meek, and Mitchell, Gelwick presents Polanyi as Polanyi presented himself; as a secular philosopher, and not a Christian missionary.

Despite its age, of all the introductory books on Polanyi that I have read, this is the best. Whether for your own edification, or for a survey class in contemporary philosophy, this book would go well with Polanyi's two short works, The Tacit Dimension and The Study of Man.
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