Science, Faith, and Society (Google eBook)
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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Review: Science, Faith, and SocietyUser Review - Sam - Goodreads
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