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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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