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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It appears, then, that to know that a statement is true is to know more than we can
tell and that hence, when a discovery solves a problem, it is itself fraught with
further intimations of an indeterminate range, and that furthermore, when we
The pursuit of discovery is conducted from the start in these terms; all the time we
are guided by sensing the presence of a hidden reality toward which our clues
are pointing; and the discovery which terminates and satisfies this pursuit is still ...
The surmises of a working scientist are born of the imagination seeking discovery
. Such effort risks defeat but never seeks it; it is in fact his craving for success that
makes the scientist take the risk of failure. There is no other way. Courts of law ...
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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