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Knowing and Being: Essays by Michael Polanyi Paperback – January 15, 1969

ISBN-13: 978-0226672854 ISBN-10: 0226672859 Edition: First Edition

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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: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on May 1, 2010
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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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