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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 45, Issue 1, February 2019

Martin E. Turkis II
Pages 30-41
DOI: 10.5840/traddisc20194514

Post-Critical Platonism
Preliminary Meditations on Ethics and Aesthetics in Iris Murdoch and Michael Polanyi

This article explores intriguing resonances in the work of Michael Polanyi and Iris Murdoch, touching on ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and ontology, as well as Murdoch’s literary output. In so doing, it begins to outline a phenomenological approach to Platonist virtue ethics informed by Murdoch’s work and drawing heavily on Polanyi’s post-critical epistemology; it also gestures toward how such an approach might be applied in the classroom.