Michael Polanyi – Introductory Reading Guide

February 24, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

This week marked the anniversary of the death of philosopher Michael Polanyi, one of the most significant philosophers for understanding the roots of theology in the twenty-first century.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory reading guide to his most significant works.

We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and offered a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve also included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.

 

4. The Tacit Dimension

 

“I shall reconsider human knowledge by starting from the fact that we can know more than we can tell,” writes Michael Polanyi. The Tacit Dimension argues that tacit knowledge—tradition, inherited practices, implied values, and prejudgments—is a crucial part of scientific knowledge. This volume challenges the assumption that skepticism, rather than established belief, lies at the heart of scientific discovery.




 

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Image Credit: Adapted from the cover of Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher by William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski.