Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 36, Issue 2, 2009/2010

Kyle Takaki
Pages 26-39

Embodied Knowing
The Tacit Dimension in Johnson and Lakoff, and Merleau-Ponty

Embodiment is a crucial feature of Polanyi’s tacit knowing. In the following, I synthesize ideas from Polanyi, Johnson and Lakoff, and Merleau-Ponty to further illuminate the embodied dimensions of tacit knowing. I appropriate two widespread embodied structures, image schemas and metaphor, into a Polanyian framework for embodied knowing. I also briefly indicate some important ways in which Polanyi departs from these three thinkers.

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