Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 23, Issue 3, 1996/1997

Elaine D. Hocks
Pages 4-16

Dialectic and the “Two Forces of One Power”
Reading Coleridge, Polanyi, and Bakhtin In A New Key

The focus of this essay is to read the nineteenth-century theories of poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge against the twentieth century theories of chemist and philosopher of science Michael Polanyi, and Russian philologist and critic Mikhail Bakhtin, showing their intellectual similarities and contrasts. My purpose in this essay is to redeem Coleridge’s thought for rhetorical theory by linking him to modern thinkers who are respected within the field.