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1. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Editorial Board and Submissions Guide
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2. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Paul Lewis Preface
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focus on the polanyi reader, “recovering truths”
3. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Tex Sample Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams Hitting a Baseball: Using the Michael Polanyi Reader to Analyze Practices
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This paper interprets the batting styles of Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams utilizing key concepts of the Michael Polanyi Reader. In doing so it demonstrates the thoughtful organization of Polanyi’s work in the Reader, on the one hand, and the explanatory and descriptive power of Polanyi’s thought about practices on the other. Key Polanyi concepts utilized in this paper include: indwelling, the specifiable and the unspecifiable, connoisseurship, a-critical and critical judgment, knowledge and knowing as action, understanding, and commitment with its personal and universal poles.
4. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Ellen W. Bernal Engaging a Wider Audience: Reflections on Walter Gulick’s Recovering Truths: A Comprehensive Anthology of Michael Polanyi’s Writings
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Michael Polanyi’s thought still has an “outsider” status, despite the efforts of The Polanyi Society and extensive publications by other scholars in various fields. Gulick attributes this limited familiarity to Polanyi’s complexity and atypical philosophical insights, his re-introduction of the personal in feats of knowing, and his call for significant intellectual reform. Gulick sets out to remedy the situation with his well written, comprehensive, and accessible anthology. Polanyi’s thought can be applied to many of today’s concerns, including human research, animal intelligence, ecoliterature, and socio-political problems. Gulick’s book is an excellent resource for introducing students and others to the relevance of Polanyi’s thought for today’s issues.
5. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Kriszta Sajber Walter Gulick’s Recovering Truths: A Comprehensive Anthology of Michael Polanyi’s Writings
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This well-organized collection offers a blueprint for tracing continuity in Polanyi’s lifelong intellectual output. Gulick’s Recovering Truths: A Comprehensive Anthology of Michael Polanyi’s Writings makes it possible for anyone interested in Polanyi’s writings to explore the overall philosophical stance from which Polanyi’s thought originates. In addition to key texts from Polanyi’s ouvre, the volume introduces the reader to the method by which Polanyi’s philosophy transcends disciplinary preoccupations and transforms the post-Cartesian intellectual terrain through the conceptual tools of a post-critical philosophy.
6. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Walter Gulick Covering the Recovering
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In this brief essay, I respond to three generous reviews of my annotated anthology of Michael Polanyi’s comprehensive thought. Where my meaning or Polanyi’s thought seems unclear or controversial, I offer my rationale for my usage or interpretations.
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7. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Martin Beddeleem Michael Polanyi and Early Neoliberalism
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Between the late 1930s and the 1950s, Michael Polanyi came in close contact with a diverse cast of intellectuals seeking a renewal of the liberal doctrine. The elaboration of this “neoliberalism” happened through a transnational collaboration between economists, philosophers, and social theorists, united in their rejection of central planning. Defining a common agenda for this “early neoliberalism” offered an opportunity to discard the old laissez-faire doctrine and restore a supervisory role of the state. Ultimately, post-war dissensions regarding the direction of these efforts led Polanyi away from the neoliberal core.
8. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Colin Cordner Michael Polanyi and the Society of Explorers
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For Polanyi, the Society of Explorers (SoE) describes the ideal form of a free society. He does not, however, provide us with a thick description of such a society. This essay attempts to do so by bringing together his later social and political thoughts with those set forth in his discussion of “Conviviality.”
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9. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
Diane Yeager Daniel P. Sheid, Cosmic Common Good
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10. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 3
David Nikkel Adam Prior, Body of Christ Incarnate for You
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11. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Editorial Board and Submissions Guide
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12. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Collin Barnes A Word from the Guest Editor
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13. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Paul Lewis Preface
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14. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Notes on Contributors
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focus on a new positivism
15. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Martin X. Moleski, S.J. A Polanyian Appraisal of Outcomes Assessment: Defending the Art of Knowing against Positivist Pedagogy
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While it is sensible to measure that which can be measured, outcomes assessment is completely out of step with Polanyi’s understanding of personal knowledge. Current assessment practices represent the revival of positivism in higher education. They ignore the tacit dimension of all knowledge, hinder the development of connoisseurship, and reinforce the power of the administrative class.
16. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Timothy L. Simpson Polanyian Insights on “Professional” Teacher Education
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To demonstrate the power and scope of Polanyi’s thought, this paper will establish the importance of Polanyi’s abundant insight for the accreditation of educator preparation programs in higher education. This inquiry will begin with a brief summary of the role and purpose of accreditation of educator preparation programs, highlighting the positivist presuppositions driving the current assessment process. With the aid of Harry Broudy, a close student of Polanyi, the essay will identify the implications of those presuppositions for educator preparation programs. Broudy’s analysis suggests that, despite claims to the contrary, the current assessment process fails to produce a professional teacher. In contrast, inspired by a rejuvenated perspective informed by Polanyi’s monumental elucidation of the tacit dimension, assessment of educator preparation programs may instead cultivate a truly professional teacher for our schools. The closing section of this study will provide an outline of such a renaissance.
17. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Nigel Newton A Polanyian Perspective on the Place of Knowledge Within the Curriculum
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A new national school curriculum in Wales that parallels reforms in other countries and regions is in the process of being implemented. Several issues debated in the context of these reforms relate to the effectiveness of a school’s curriculum to help young people develop skills and dispositions believed to be necessary for participation in the modern economy. Others are concerned about the loss of core subject related knowledge linked to academic disciplines. Wrestling with these questions motivated me to consider how Polanyi’s thought could point the way to addressing these issues, particularly his concept of commitment and argument for a hierarchically structured view of reality. In this paper I explore these issues by drawing from the sociologist Michael F.D. Young’s work on ‘powerful knowledge’ as a way to frame my consideration of the curriculum debates from a Polanyian perspective. Young argues that providing access to knowledge should be seen as the primary goal of school curriculums and argues that the best route to achieving this is through academic subjects. The paper will show how this argument is strengthened by consideration of insights from Polanyi.
18. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Collin D. Barnes A Polanyian Response to “Psychology’s Renaissance”
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A recent article in the Annual Review of Psychology heralds the arrival of a renaissance in psychology that is improving research practices in the field. The present article evaluates this new epoch in light of Michael Polanyi’s thought. While the reforms the renaissance celebrates are invaluable to psychology in its reliance on probabilities for hypothesis testing, they under appreciate the central place of personal judgments in research, portraying them instead and primarily as sources of error that must be curtailed by a narrow range of methods. Valuing the place of personal participation in probability judgments may embolden psychologists to accredit inquiries that more openly rely on discernment to declare truth and are better suited to the I-Thou relations that distinguish human psychology from the study of matter in motion.
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19. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Janos Liska Tacit Emergence: Beyond Interaction
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20. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 45 > Issue: 2
Spencer Case Dark Matter of the Mind: the Culturally Articulated Unconscious
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