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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 28, Issue 1, 2001/2002

Joseph Kroger
Pages 23-27

Can Theology be Tacit?
A Review Essay on Personal Catholicism

Martin Moleski summarizes Newman’s Grammar of Assent and Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge and finds remarkable similarities in their epistemologies, particularly their concepts of “illative sense” and “tacit knowledge”. There are, however, problems (particularly in Catholicism) with Moleski’s interpretation of the theological significance of the “ illative” or the “tacit”, as well as ambiguities in the way he relates faith to theology.

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