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1. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Editorial Board and Submissions Guide
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2. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Paul Lewis Preface
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3. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Notes on Contributors
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reflections on the calling of social thought
4. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Struan Jacobs Recovering the Thought of Edward Shils
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This article provides an extended review of The Calling of Social Thought, a collection of essays about the thought of social theorist Edward Shils. The article includes preliminary observations about Shils’ life and work, brief summaries of the essays included in the collection, and several suggestions aimed at encouraging additional study of Shils’ writings.
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Peter C. Blum Edward Shils as Stranger, Social Thought as Vocation
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This essay is a response to Struan Jacobs, “Recovering the Thought of Edward Shils,” which is an extended review of Adair-Toteff and Turner’s The Calling of Social Thought. It considers Edward Shils as a “stranger,” in the sense defined by Georg Simmel, relative to contemporary sociology. Christian Smith’s claim that American sociology is implicitly pursuing a “sacred project” is invoked, in contrast with Shils’ vision for consensual sociology. The expansion by CST to “Social Thought” as a calling (vocation), and its ties to science as understood by Polanyi, are strongly affirmed.
6. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Stephen Turner The Human Face of Knowledge: A Response to Jacobs and Blum
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This is a brief response to comments by Struan Jacobs and Peter Blum on The Calling of Social Thought, Rediscovering the Work of Edward Shils, a recent collection of essays edited by Christopher Adair-Toteff and Stephen Turner. It identifies a distinctive contribution of Shils to the larger problem of the tacit.
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7. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Alessio Tartaro The Dilemma of the Modern Mind and the Limits of Rules: Polanyi’s Criticism of Positivism (1946-1952)
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Starting in 1946, Polanyi begins to criticize a comprehensive system of ideas that he names positivism. His criticism is twofold. On the one hand, it has the narrow aim of pointing out the inconsistencies of a positivist account of science, according to which the essence of scientific objec­tivity lies in establishing rigorous mathematical relations between measured variables employing fixed rules. On the other hand, it examines the broad assumptions underlying this view, namely radical empiricism and skeptical doubt. The present paper analyzes both aspects of this criticism, stressing its crucial role in the development of Polanyi’s philosophy.
continued engagement with gábor bíró’s the economic thought of michael polanyi
8. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Eduardo Beira Michael Polanyi’s Social Theory and Economic Thought
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This review article continues the forum from Tradition and Discovery 47/1 (February 2021) on Gábor Bíró’s book, The Economic Thought of Michael Polanyi (London: Routledge, 2019; 178 pp. Hardback: 9780367245634, £120.00; eBook: 9780429283178, £22.50).
9. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 3
Gábor István Bíró Caught in the Crossfire: Michael Polanyi’s Economic Thought Between Socialism and Liberalism
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This response addresses some points raised by Eduardo Beira’s review article found in this issue of TAD and suggests new directions for future studies focusing on the economic thought of Michael Polanyi.
10. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Editorial Board and Submissions Guide
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11. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Paul Lewis Preface
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polanyian reflections on the current state of democracy in the u. s.
12. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Phil Mullins Michael Polanyi on Social Order
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
13. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Paul Lewis January 6 and Its Aftermath: Moral Inversion 21st Century Style
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
14. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Matthew D. Sandwisch The Necessity of Virtue in a Free Society
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
15. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Jon Fennell The Educational Prerequisites of Rehabilitation
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
16. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Dale Cannon A Polanyian Account of What Causes Incivility in Public Discourse
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
17. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Walter B. Gulick Polanyi’s Telic View of Truth and Contemporary Politics
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
18. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
D. M. Yeager Rebuilding Responsible Freedom
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In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?
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19. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 47 > Issue: 2
Alessio Tartaro The Roots of Tacit Knowledge: Intuitive and Personal Judgment in Polanyi’s Early Writings (1939-1946)
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Polanyi says that the concept of tacit knowledge is “necessarily fraught with the roots that it embodies” (TD, xviii). This paper demonstrates that these roots can be seen in Polanyi’s early writings between 1939 and 1946. In particular, the concepts of “intuitive judgment” and “personal judgment” have some peculiar features that flow subsequently into the idea of tacit knowledge. In this regard, they can be considered ancestors of Polanyi’s best-known concept. In the present paper, I propose a historical reconstruction of the two concepts. In particular, I focus on the problems from which they stem, namely Polanyi’s criticism of research planning and his account on the functioning of science and its institutional and social arrangement. Besides this historical reconstruction, I draw a comparison between the concept of tacit knowledge and its early predecessors.
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Walter B. Gulick Michael Polanyi’s Understanding of Field Theory
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Michael Polanyi introduced the concept of fields in the last several pages of Personal Knowledge. In this essay I examine whether the last-minute addition of fields advances his explanation of anthropogenesis. Polanyi’s view of the role of fields in solving problems and discovery plus their place in ontogenesis and phylogenesis is examined and found not to be wholly satisfactory. Alternative explanations of the factors advancing discovery and problem solving are advanced.