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51. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 2
Andrew Grosso The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes, and Minds
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52. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Editorial Board and Submissions Guide
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53. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Notes on Contributors
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54. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Paul Lewis Preface
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55. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
News and Notes
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56. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Phil Mullins Michael Polanyi’s Approach to Biological Systems and Contemporary Biosemiotics
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Using the writing of Eliseo Fernandez and Jesper Hoffmeyer, this essay introduces important ideas in the emerging interdisciplinary field known as “biosemiotics.” Later discussion summarizes Michael Polanyi’s criticisms of the Modern Synthesis and his alternative constructive philosophical account of life, evolution and biological study, suggesting areas of overlap with contemporary biosemiotics.
57. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Dániel Bárdos, Gábor Á. Zemplén The Shape of Biology to Come?: The Account of Form and Form of Account in Hoffmeyer’s Biosemiotics
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The essay discusses congruency issues in the biosemiotic approach of the Danish biochemist, Jesper Hoffmeyer. The authors understand Hoffmeyer’s anti-reductionistic approach to be similar to Michael Polanyi’s multi-layered ontology, but suggest that the Polanyian approach has fewer handicaps as a model-building enterprise. We offer a historical review of Hoffmeyer’s polarized narrative of 20th century biology and investigate his central thesis that life and semiosis are coextensive. We argue that Hoffmeyer conflates temporal and spatial features of semiotic systems, his account of emergentism is unclear and the relationship between semiotic evolution and punctuated equilibrium is vague, possibly entailing incongruent metaphysical views.
58. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Walter Gulick Mediation and Meaning
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In their co-authored work, Retrieving Realism, Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor argue that an unfortunate epistemological picture holds us captive. Thinkers enmeshed in this picture focus on what mediates our knowledge when an inner self is distinguished from the outer world. This stance, they say, encourages doubt about whether we really know what we perceive. In this essay I argue that mediation, properly understood, and the inner/outer distinction are crucial for understanding how we know. The stratified ontology of Michael Polanyi and the emphasis on interpretation in biosemiotics provide an approach, set in an evolutionary framework, for illuminating the richness of reality. This richer view examines how and what we can know, the unfolding nature of consciousness, and the embodied depth of existential meaning.
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59. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Walter Gulick The Whole Creature: Complexity, Biosemiotics and the Evolution of Culture
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60. Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical: Volume > 43 > Issue: 1
Phil Mullins Gatherings in Biosemiotics
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