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In its concern with science as an essentially human enterprise, Science, Faith and Society makes an original and challenging contribution to the philosophy of science. On its appearance in 1946 the book quickly became the focus of controversy.

Polanyi aims to show that science must be understood as a community of inquirers held together by a common faith; science, he argues, is not the use of "scientific method" but rather consists in a discipline imposed by scientists on themselves in the interests of discovering an objective, impersonal truth. That such truth exists and can be found is part of the scientists' faith. Polanyi maintains that both authoritarianism and scepticism, attacking this faith, are attacking science itself.

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Polanyi aims to show that science must be understood as a community of inquirers held together by a common faith; science, he argues, is not the use of 'scientific methods' but rather consists in a discipline imposed by scientists on themselves in the interest of discovering an objective, impersonal truth.

About the Author

Michael Polanyi was a Fellow of the Royal Society of England, a professor of physical chemistry and of social studies at the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of Merton College at Oxford. He was the author of many books, of which the University of Chicago Press has published Personal Knowledge, The Logic of Liberty, Meaning, The Study of Man, and Knowing and Being.

Table of Contents

Background and Prospect

I. Science and Reality

II. Authority and Conscience

III. Dedication or Servitude

Appendix

1. Premisses of Science

2. Significance of New Observations

3. Correspondence with Observation

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226672908
Author:
Polanyi, Michael
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Addresses, essays, lectures
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19640831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.01x5.26x.25 in. .10 lbs.

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