Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-critical Philosophy

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Gestalt psychology - 428 pages
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In this work the distinguished physical chemist and philosopher, Michael Polanyi, demonstrates that the scientist's personal participation in his knowledge, in both its discovery and its validation, is an indispensable part of science itself. Even in the exact sciences, "knowing" is an art, of which the skill of the knower, guided by his personal committment and his passionate sense of increasing contact with reality, is a logically necessary part. In the biological and social sciences this becomes even more evident.
 

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An interesting and original contribution to the philosophy of science. Unlike many other books in this field, this one should be of interest to scientists as well. The weakness of this book is that ... Read full review

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Part Two The Tacit Component
69
Part Three The Justification of Personal Knowledge
261
Part Four Knowing and Being
343
Index
429
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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.

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