Though largely ignored, the work of research chemist-turned-philosopher Michael Polanyi (1891-1976) offers rich insight into the methods of science, the role of belief in all human knowing, and the important connections between knowledge and responsibility.
Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing explores Michael Polanyi's criticisms of both objectivism and subjectivism, and his attempts to develop a more truthful understanding of how we know the world. His ideas are based on the belief that all knowledge is either tacit (silent and unspoken) or rooted in tacit knowledge.
This two and one-half hour program features interviews with leading interpreters of Polanyi's thought, including Marjorie Grene, Richard Gelwick, Thomas Torrance, and Martin Moleski. Interviews with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dudley Herschbach, educator Steven Garber, and master violin makers Peter and Wendy Moes, along with readings from Michael Polanyi's books and correspondence, further illuminate his ideas.
- Excellent biographical introduction to Michael Polanyi
This is a well-researched, well-produced presentation of the life and work of Michael Polanyi. It is perfect for the person who has not read primary source material. For those who have read his writings, the biographical background will shed light on the historical and personal context in which his thought matured.
Consistent with Polanyi's claim that all true knowledge has unforeseen implications, this recording brilliantly suggests some of those many implications of Polanyi's own work not only for epistemology, but in particular for the practice of science and education. It is well worth listening to multiple times.
- Entertaining AND a wonderful primer for the study of Polanyi
Amazingly well produced! It is worth a listen just on its own, for no particular reason. But this audio biography got me interested enough to finally put in the time to really read Polanyi's major thought. As is said in the MHA biography, Polanyi's work is still relevant today (I write in 2015 and Polanyi died in 1976) and deserves on-going and wider study. Without the motivation of this MHA production, I may never have been introduced to Polanyi nor been motivated enough. Polanyi explains not just how we know but how we think. I have used Polanyi's synthesis and framework in many areas of my life, even business. The audio describes other applications such as, of course, science, but also Judeo-Christian philosophy and theology.