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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 36, Issue 2, 2009/2010

Walter Gulick
Pages 73-82

Polanyi’s Epistemology in the Light of Neuroscience

In Search of Memory, Eric Kandel’s excellent account of the rise of neuroscience, in which his own research has a prominent place, is reviewed with special attention given to its relation to Michael Polanyi’s philosophy. It is found that Polanyi’s epistemological theory, although established on quite different grounds, accords well with Kandel’ s description of how the brain operates. In particular, Polanyi’s theory of tacit knowing seems to be both enriched and validated by Kandel’s account of how memory functions.

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