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].
Ergebnisse 1-3 von 8
... this by analyzing in these terms the various cases of tacit knowing that I have
spoken of already, but I shall rather give new examples, which will take us further
by showing pairs of levels which tend to link up into a series forming a hierarchy.
... when I now pass from hierarchies of human skills to the hierarchy of levels
found in living beings. The sequence of these levels is built up by the rise of
higher forms of life from lower ones. We can see all the levels of evolution at a
glance in ...
This principle of marginality could be recognized already in the way I described
some hierarchies of human performances. You can see, for example, how, in the
hierarchy constituting speechmaking, successive working principles control the ...
Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - thcson - LibraryThing
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