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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We could say, in this sense, that a characteristic physiognomy is the meaning of
its features; which is, in fact, what we do say when a physiognomy expresses a
particular mood. To identify a physiognomy would then amount to relying on our ...
I shall set aside, for the moment, the question of how far these consecutive levels
do form a hierarchy in our sense, and concentrate instead on the fact that all
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To form part of science, a statement of fact must be not only true, but also
interesting, and, more particularly, interesting to science. Reliability, exactitude,
does count as a factor contributing to scientific merit, but it is not enough. Two
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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