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Knowing and Being: Essays by Michael Polanyi First Edition Edition

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Michael Polanyi (1891-1976), was born in Hungary, studied medicine, but devoted himself to research in chemistry. He worked in Germany until Hitler expelled Jews from public positions in 1933, when he went to the University of Manchester as Professor of Physical Chemistry. His books include his magnum opus, Personal Knowledge, as well as Science, Faith, and Society, among others.

Marjorie Grene is Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis, and Honorary Distinguished Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition edition (January 15, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226672859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226672854
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 13, 2015
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Michael Polanyi (1891-1976) was a Hungarian-British chemist and philosopher; he wrote other books such as Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy, The Tacit Dimension, The Logic of Liberty, Science, Faith, and Society, etc.

He points out, “The inconsistency of a science professing that it can explain all human action without making value judgments, while the scientist’s private actions are said to be often motivated by moral motives, can be more simply demonstrated the other way round. If the social scientist can explain all human actions by value-free observations, then none of his own actions can claim to be motivated by moral values. Either he exempts himself from his own theory of human motivation, or he must conclude that all reference to moral values---or any values---are meaningless: are empty sounds.” (Pg. 34)

He states, “Successful induction can be concerned only in the light of a genuine problem. An inductive problem is an intimation of coherence among hitherto uncomprehended particulars, and the problem is genuine to the extent to which this intimation is true. Such a surmise vaguely anticipates the evidence which will support it and guides the mind engrossed by it to the discovery of this evidence.
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That lady in the white lab coat is exceptionally astute and she's a major player within the global scientific community, but she is so befogged about the source and the proper criterion for justified knowledge that she subjects herself to self-stultification forasmuch as she relies on brute empiricism as her epistemic ground. Herein Michael Polanyi deploys powerful and commanding epistemic fog lights to shine the blazing light of truth on epistemology in relation to science and the pursuit truth (Polanyi, 1891-1976, was a European chemist who became a groundbreaking philosopher and epistemologist).

In the last third of his academic life the author searched for truth and a definitive criterion for knowledge itself. Dr. Polanyi proposed that one must rework the ground and fount for epistemic virtues and privileges as he attempted to partially comprise an accurate theory of knowledge enjoined to the nature of man's cognitive apparatus and the comprehension of epistemic intricacy/complexity.

Polanyi: "I hold that the propositions embodied in natural science are not derived by any definite rule from the data of experience, and that they can neither be verified nor falsified by experience according to any definite rule."

This volume consist of 14 interrelated essays (accumulated by Marjorie Grene) that convey the progress of Polanyi's epistemology first offered in "Science, Faith, and Society." Polanyi offers unique epistemic insights as he asserts that epistemic rights are obtained by central and subsidiary aspects of awareness while fixing on the article at hand while focusing on less important derivative things as epistemic backdrops. For Polanyi "normative structures such as interpretive frameworks, or even languages, work like hammers...
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