Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 22, Issue 3, 1995/1996

Marjorie Grene
Pages 6-16

The Personal and the Subjective

The contrast between the personal and the subjective is a central aspect of Polanyi's argument in Personal Knowledge; this essay examines the way this distinction is developed and offers possible reasons Polanyi has been misunderstood on this point. It also discusses some ambiguities in Polanyi's use of "subjective" and "subjectivity" and comments on the general neglect of Polanyi's work by philosophers.