Michael Polanyi – Introductory Reading Guide

February 24, 2017


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.


5. [easyazon_link identifier=”B0077QFSMA” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Critical Conversations: Michael Polanyi and Christian Theology[/easyazon_link]
Murray Rae, Editor


One of the best books on the implications of Polanyi’s philosophy for theology. 

“Critical Conversations displays two remarkably distinctive things about . . . Michael Polanyi’s epistemology. The rich, open-ended truthfulness of his proposals inspires innovative and penetrating cross-disciplinary conversations of all kinds; and conversants thus engaged experience freeing creativity and conviviality. Theological engagement is especially fruitful since Polanyi himself challenges a deadening Enlightenment legacy with an approach that is knowledge- and humanity- and hope-restoring because it is theologically attuned. These essayists offer a rich conversation that others may join profitably–convivially.”  –Esther L. Meek



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Image Credit: Adapted from the cover of [easyazon_link identifier=”019517433X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher[/easyazon_link] by William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski.