Science, Faith and Society
By (author) Michael Polanyi
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Science, Faith and Society by Michael Polanyi
Book DescriptionIn 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226672908
(203mm x 136mm x 6mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1964
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Polanyi
Tacit Dimension, Paperback (June 2009)
Suitable for students and scholars, this title challenges the assumption that skepticism, rather than established belief, lies at the heart of scientific discovery.
Logic of Liberty, Hardback (January 1998)» View all books by Michael Polanyi
In this text, the author argues that organizations - or governments - based solely on the methods of science threaten to foreclose a full human knowledge of the mysteries of existence and therefore pose a direct threat not only to academic freedom but also to social and political liberty.
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Author Biography - Michael Polanyi
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.
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