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Polanyi, Michael 1891-1976

Works: 376 works in 1,400 publications in 10 languages and 30,076 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Honoree, Contributor
Classifications: BD161, 121
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Personal knowledge; towards a post-critical philosophy by Michael Polanyi( Book )

187 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 2,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work the 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 commitment 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. The tendency to make knowledge impersonal in our culture has split fact from value, science from humanity. Polanyi wishes to substitute for the objective, impersonal ideal of scientific detachment an alternative ideal which gives attention to the personal involvement of the knower in all acts of understanding. In honor of this work and his The Study of Man Polanyi was presented with the Lecomte de Noüy Award for 1959. --From publisher's description
The tacit dimension by Michael Polanyi( Book )

88 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 1,617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I shall reconsider human knowledge by starting from the fact that we can know more than we can tell," writes Michael Polanyi, whose work paved the way for the likes of Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper. The Tacit Dimension argues that tacit knowledge--tradition, inherited practices, implied values, and prejudgments--is a crucial part of scientific knowledge. --From publisher's description
The study of man by Michael Polanyi( Book )

73 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, faith and society by Michael Polanyi( Book )

71 editions published between 1946 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The logic of liberty; reflections and rejoinders by Michael Polanyi( Book )

78 editions published between 1951 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company
Knowing and being : essays by Michael Polanyi( Book )

31 editions published between 1969 and 2010 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning by Michael Polanyi( Book )

33 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published very shortly before his death in February 1976, Meaning is the culmination of Michael Polanyi's philosophic endeavors. With the assistance of Harry Prosch, Polanyi goes beyond his earlier critique of scientific ""objectivity"" to investigate meaning as founded upon the imaginative and creative faculties. Establishing that science is an inherently normative form of knowledge and that society gives meaning to science instead of being given the ""truth"" by science, Polanyi contends here that the foundation of meaning is the creative imagination. Largely through metaphorica
Full employment and free trade by Michael Polanyi( Book )

34 editions published between 1945 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

S. 67-78: Full employment in Soviet Russia
Scientific thought and social reality ; essays by Michael Polanyi by Michael Polanyi( Book )

13 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Society, economics & philosophy : selected papers by Michael Polanyi( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Society, Economics and Philosophy represents the full range of Polanyi's interests outside of his scientific work: economics, politics, society, philosophy of science, religion and positivist obstacles to it, and art. Polanyi's principal ideas are contained in three essays: on the scientific revolution, the creative imagination and the mind-body relation. Precisely because of Polanyi's work in the physical sciences, his writings have a unique dimension not found in other advocates of the market and too infrequently found even in philosophers of science.Polanyi was a powerful critic of totalitarianism and of the deficiencies of the usual defenses of freedom which helped to prepare the way for it. Freedom, he argued, can be based only upon truth and dedication to transcendent ideals, not upon skepticism, utilitarianism and the liberty of doing merely as one pleases. At a time when easy slogans about socialism were dominant in intellectual circles, epitomized by Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and when calls for the central planning of scientific research were made by such as J.D. Bernal, Polanyi exposed their errors and showed that science can flourish only in a free society.More radically than even von Mises and Hayek, Polanyi showed that an industrial economy can operate only polycentrically, that central planning is logically impossible, and that what was called by that name in the Soviet Union was in reality no such thing. Likewise, scientific research can proceed, not by a central plan, but only by the spontaneous self-adjustment of separate initiatives to discover a common reality. Against the positivism dominant within philosophy of science, he argued that the notion of reality must be restored and made central. Yet physical sciences, he also argued, are only one branch of science, and the sciences of life and mind are logically richer and more complex and cannot be reduced to the former, nor mind to body or to computers, nor art to its ph"--Provided by publisher
The contempt of freedom : the Russian experiment and after by Michael Polanyi( Book )

14 editions published between 1940 and 1975 in English and German and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond nihilism by Michael Polanyi( Book )

19 editions published between 1960 and 1961 in 3 languages and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Logique de la liberté by Michael Polanyi( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magic of Marxism : and the next stage of history by Michael Polanyi( Book )

15 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atomic reactions by Michael Polanyi( Book )

14 editions published between 1932 and 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

U.S.S.R. economics, fundamental data, system and spirit by Michael Polanyi( Book )

9 editions published in 1936 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apartheid and the world's universities by Michael Polanyi( Book )

11 editions published in 1958 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Logic of Personal knowledge: essays presented to Michael Polanyi on his seventieth birthday, 11th March 1961 by Michael Polanyi( Book )

15 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intellect and hope : essays in the thought of Michael Polanyi by Thomas A Langford( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hidden epidemic : a report on child and family poverty in Toronto by Michael Polanyi( )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report describes the hidden epidemic of child and family poverty in Toronto. It shows which children are most affected by poverty. Finally, it proposes that it is a crucial time for action by the City of Toronto, in collaboration with other levels of government, to reduce and eventually eradicate child poverty
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Alternative Names
Michael Polanyi brytyjsko-węgierski fizyk i chemik

Michael Polanyi filosofo, economista e chimico ungherese

Michael Polanyi Hongaars filosoof

Michael Polanyi ungarisch-britischer Chemiker und Philosoph

Mihály Polányi

Polani, M.

Polani, M. 1891-1976

Polanyi, M. 1891-1976

Pólányi, Michael 1891-1976

Polányi, Mihály.

Polányi, Mihály 1891-1976

Polányi Mihály magyar-brit tudós

Μίκαελ Πολάνυι

Майкл Поланьї англійський фізик, хімік і філософ угорського походження

Полани, Майкл

מיכאל פולני

פולאני, מיכאל 1891-1976

פולאניי, מיכאל 1891-1976

פולני, מיכאל 1891-1976

بولاني، مايكل، 1891-1976

مايكل بولاني

مایکل پولانی شیمی‌دان، اقتصاددان، و فیلسوف اهل مجارستان

माइकेल पोलान्यी

마이클 폴라니

폴라니, 마이클 1891-1976

ポラニー, マイケル

ポランニー, マイケル


波兰尼, 迈克尓


The tacit dimensionScience, faith and societyThe logic of liberty; reflections and rejoindersKnowing and being : essaysMeaningMichael Polanyi : a critical expositionMichael Polanyi and his generation : origins of the social construction of science