Science, Faith, and Society (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 7, 2013 - Science - 96 pages
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In its concern with science as an essentially human enterprise, Science, Faith and Society makes an original and challenging contribution to the philosophy of science. On its appearance in 1946 the book quickly became the focus of controversy.

Polanyi aims to show that science must be understood as a community of inquirers held together by a common faith; science, he argues, is not the use of "scientific method" but rather consists in a discipline imposed by scientists on themselves in the interests of discovering an objective, impersonal truth. That such truth exists and can be found is part of the scientists' faith. Polanyi maintains that both authoritarianism and scepticism, attacking this faith, are attacking science itself.
  

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Brilliant analysis of the nature of science, the impossibility of "objective science", and the presuppositions that necessarily govern science, turning science into more of an art form than a rigid ... Read full review

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Great treatment of the subject matter. Helps one to "connect the dots" in this treatise. Read full review

Contents

BACKGROUND AND PROSPECT
7
I SCIENCE AND REALITY
21
II AUTHORITY AND CONSCIENCE
42
III DEDICATION OR SERVITUDE
63
APPENDIX
85
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Michael Polanyi was a Fellow of the Royal Society of England, a professor of physical chemistry and of social studies at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of Merton College at Oxford. He was the author of many books, of which the University of Chicago Press has published Personal Knowledge, The Logic of Liberty, Meaning, The Study of Man, and Knowing and Being.

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