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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of a more intellectual and more practical kind; both the "wissen" and "konnen" of
the Germans, or the "knowing what" and the "knowing how" of Gilbert Ryle. These
two aspects of knowing have a similar structure and neither is ever present ...
This kind of knowing solves the paradox of the Meno by making it possible for us
to know something so indeterminate as a problem or a hunch, but when the use
of this faculty turns out to be an indispensable element of all knowing, we are ...
I am accepting here the surmise of Gestalt psychologists, that equipotentialities of
the kind discovered by Driesch in the sea urchin embryo are akin to the process
by which we shape new ideas. But the kind of emergence that I identify with ...
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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