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 if we know a great deal that we cannot tell, and if even that which we know
and can tell is accepted by us as true only in view of its bearing on a reality
beyond it, a reality which may yet manifest itself in the future in an indeterminate
The highest degree of exactitude and widest range of systematization are found
in mathematical physics, and this compensates here for a lesser intrinsic interest
of its inanimate subject. By contrast, we have, at the other end of the sciences, ...
The field of new potential meanings was so rich that this enterprise, once started,
swept on toward an infinite range of higher meanings, unceasingly pouring them
into existence, for the better part of a billion years. Almost from the start, this ...
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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