The Tacit Dimension
Peter Smith, 1966 - 108 Seiten
A distinguished scientist-philosopher outlines a new theory of mind. He uncovers the mechanism of an essential process of thinking that he calls "tacit knowing", offering as its paradigm the recognition of moods on a human face: few could say what facial configurations make up, for example, a puzzled expression, but we can all recognize puzzlement. This knowledge of particulars that we cannot itemize, and to which we attend only for their meaning in some other sphere, is "tacit knowledge". Tacing knowing guides the scientist to problems promising new discoveries. Hunches and intuitions essential to all creative thought are examples of tacit knowledge emerging into full consciousness. In a similar way do new organic forms emerge, by the process of evolution, from the possibilities contained by simpler forms of life. The author explores the moral and political implications of his theory, which he shows to be incompatible with both positivism and Marxism -- in that they deny the autonomy of thought -- and with existentialism, which demands that man shape himself by his own absolute choice. Rejecting all these doctrines as mental self-destruction, he concludes by staking out a "society of explorers" founded in harmony with man's true powers. [Back cover].
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But how can one see a problem, any problem, let alone a good and original
problem? For to see a problem is to see something that is hidden. It is to have an
intimation of the coherence of hitherto not comprehended particulars. The
problem is ...
Moreover, in both these instances of our entry into the particulars of a
comprehensive entity, we meet something that accounts for the coherence of the
entity. In one case we meet a person skillfully using his body and, in the other, a
New standards of plausibility and of scientific interest are thus initiated and
eventually established. The movement will start in one field and gradually diffuse
into all others. This is how science is steadily reshaped and yet its coherence ...
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This book contains, or at least it's based on, a series of lectures given by Polanyi in the 1960's. It's quite short and only gives a basic introduction to Polanyi's philosophy of science, so ... Vollständige Rezension lesen