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1. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Paul Lewis Preface
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2. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
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3. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Alicia Juarrero Downward Causation: Polanyi and Prigogine
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Michael Polanyi argues that in the case of both organisms and machines the functionality of the higher level imposes boundary conditions that harness the operations of lower level components in the service of the higher level, systemic whole. Given the science of his day, however, Polanyi understands this shaping of boundary conditions in terms of the operation of an external agency. The essay argues that the science of nonlinear, far from equilibrium thermodynamics in general, and the phenomenon of autocatalysis in particular, explains how the endogenous closure of context-sensitive dynamic constraints shapes their boundary conditions such that self-organized, causally effective properties emerge.
4. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Kyle Takaki Polanyi and Juarrero: From Tacit Knowing to Ontic Emergence
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There are potentialities to be harnessed in a fusion between elements of Alicia Juarrero’s views and a Polanyian framework. In this brief response piece, I address the latent Polanyian dimensions of Juarrero’s ontic approach to dynamical systems.
5. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
David W. Agler Emergence from Within and Without: Juaerro on Polanyi’s Account of the External Origins of Emergence
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This paper assesses a recent criticism of Michael Polanyi’s account of the origin of complex entities by Alicia Juarrero. According to Juarrero, Polanyi took higher-level complex entities like machines and organisms to come into existence through the imposition of external, top-down forces. This paper argues that while Polanyi took the emergence of machines to come about in such a way, Polanyi’s reading of 19th and early 20th-Century experimental embryology indicates his position is more sophisticated. Polanyi appears to have thought a synthesis was possible between reductive-mechanical and holistic-vitalistic approaches in embryology and he appears to have relied on this synthesis in his account of the origin of complex organisms. While I argue that this synthesis is unclear, it suggests that Polanyi conceived of the emergence of organisms as the result of internal, complex, and non-deterministic processes.
6. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Andrew Grosso Michael Polanyi and the Ecological Turn: Embodiment, Personhood, and Interdisciplinarity
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Recent studies dedicated to exploring the relationship between cognition and the body have both yielded a rich variety of intriguing possibilities and introduced new questions and problems. Michael Polanyi’s personalistic philosophy, enriched by insights from these studies, provides us with a means of addressing these challenges. In particular, Polanyi’s account of the relationship between embodiment and personhood offers an expansive and integrative approach to the issues at the heart of this line of inquiry and thus provides a way of advancing these studies and bringing their insights to bear on other areas of analysis and reflection.
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7. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Matthew A. LaPine Biblical Knowing: A Scriptural Epistemology of Error by Dru Johnson
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8. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Sheldon Richmond The View from Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self-Criticism by Menachem Fisch and Yitzhak Benbaji
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9. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
Phil Mullins Religion, Science and Democracy: A Disputational Friendship by Lisa L. Stenmark
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10. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 3
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12. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Paul Lewis Preface
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13. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
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14. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Phil Mullins A Prefatory Note on Polanyi’s “Forms of Atheism”
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This introduction to Polanyi’s little-known 1948 essay “Forms of Atheism” discusses the context in which Polanyi wrote these reflections for a discussion group chaired by J. H. Oldham.
15. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Michael Polanyi Forms of Atheism
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This brief and provocative 1948 essay by Michael Polanyi was produced for discussion by a group of religious intellectuals convened by J. H. Oldham. Polanyi outlines the sources and contours of modern social and political ideas in terms of the interaction of four types of “substitute deities” that have emerged in modern society and displaced what Polanyi identifies as the “God manifested in the Bible.”
16. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Martin X. Moleski, S.J. Accepting Imperfection: The Social Creed of a Christian Capitalist
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“Forms of Atheism” is, despite its title, a plea for modest expectations in the economic and social sphere. Polanyi identifies five kinds of false “gods” who have led our culture astray. Although he criticizes an ideal of progress inspired by the Christian tradition, he affirms the importance of love and praises “the British sense of national brotherhood” as a force for good that derives from “obeying the will of God.” What Polanyi means by “God” is left to the reader’s sympathetic intuition into Polanyi’s character.
17. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
D. M. Yeager Exploring the Underground: Silent Assumptions and Social Pathologies
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Convinced that reason is far from transparent to itself, Michael Polanyi, even in the earliest of his non-scientific texts, sets about the work of exposing the influence of unacknowledged presuppositions, commitments, and mental dispositions. Beginning in 1950 he identifies certain of those dispositions as “moral passions,” but in earlier texts he explores this feature of experience in a variety of tentative, preliminary ways that mark stages in the shaping of his moral anthropology. Set alongside “To the Peacemakers” (1917) and the final section of Science, Faith and Society (1946), “Forms of Atheism” (1948) offers an instructive moment in this development. The three contrasting analyses all point toward and illuminate the mature account of moral passion (and the associated theory of moral inversion) that supersedes them.
18. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Richard Gelwick A Clue Toward Knowing Truth and God: Polanyi’s “Forms of Atheism”
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The topic of atheisms of our time brings to the fore Michael Polanyi’s own beliefs about God which underlie and are briefly expressed in his essay, but need to be shown in a fuller exposition. His beliefs arise from two main sources. One is Polanyi’s intense life of pursuing of truth through science and also responding to his society in its destructive wars and revolutions. The second source is his belief in the God of the Bible which presents an ongoing journey of fidelity to truth seeking. In developing a new epistemology, he offered a clue toward knowing truth and God.
19. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
David W. Rutledge William Poteat: The Primacy of the Person
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This essay provides an overview of Poteat’s thought, beginning with his basic problem of the eradication of the embodied person from accounts of human knowing in the critical tradition. Poteat’s analysis of the move from “place” to “space” as the arena of living shows his procedure. I isolate six elements of the recovery of the person in his work: the necessity of his strange vocabulary, the need to embed knowing in time, the primacy of speech over writing, the centrality of the body to all knowing, the mindbodily unity of the person, and the mindbody as the ground of all meaning-making. I conclude with three questions: Is Descartes, or bourgeois culture, the real villain of modern thought? Isn’t language, rather than the mindbody, a more appropriate place to locate the absolute center of the Real? Isn’t there a need to flesh out Poteat’s individualistic focus with the communal dimensions of personhood?
20. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 40 > Issue: 2
Walter Gulick Paul Craig Roberts’ The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism
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Roberts’ The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism offers a persuasive and serious indictment of US economic policy. Neither political party seems capable of even challenging corporate-influenced policies like the outsourcing and offshoring of jobs, policies which further enrich the very few at the expense of the many.