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Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy


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In this work the distinguished physical chemist and philosopher, Michael Polanyi, demonstrates that the scientist's personal participation in his knowledge, in both its discovery and its validation, is an indispensable part of science itself. Even in the exact sciences, "knowing" is an art, of which the skill of the knower, guided by his personal commitment and his passionate sense of increasing contact with reality, is a logically necessary part. In the biological and social sciences this becomes even more evident.

The tendency to make knowledge impersonal in our culture has split fact from value, science from humanity. Polanyi wishes to substitute for the objective, impersonal ideal of scientific detachment an alternative ideal which gives attention to the personal involvement of the knower in all acts of understanding. His book should help to restore science to its rightful place in an integrated culture, as part of the whole person's continuing endeavor to make sense of the totality of his experience. In honor of this work and his The Study of Man Polanyi was presented with the Lecomte de Noüy Award for 1959.


Asserts that scientific knowledge is a synthesis of personal experience, moral judgement, and empirical findings.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

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serban henrieta, August 9, 2007 (view all comments by serban henrieta)
Personal knowledge is never entirely personal but the extent to which it is so represents a great achievement against the hegemony of all sorts. In the power to consider with our intellectual power everything around us from the daily job, to the market the politics andd our family stays the dignity and the hope for decency for ourselves as human beings. A post-critical philosophy relies hevily on this power, and possibility, of personal knowledge. Personal knowledge brings about authenticity to any train of thougths.
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Polanyi, Michael
University of Chicago Press
Chicago, Ill. :
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Ethics and logic
Knowledge, theory of
Philosophy & Aspects
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
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Corr. ed.
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Series Volume:
Publication Date:
August 1974
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
8.50x5.50x.95 in. 1.17 lbs.

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