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 is personal, in the sense of involving the personality of him who holds it, and
also in the sense of being, as a rule, solitary; but there is no trace in it of self-
indulgence. The discoverer is filled with a compelling sense of responsibility for
We rise beyond this at the level of conscious behavior and intellectual action,
studied by ethology and psychology; and, uppermost, we meet with man's moral
sense, guided by the firmament of his standards. I shall set aside, for the moment,
We have here a fact which sets a new major task to the process of evolution: a
task which appears the more formidable as we realize that both this moral sense
and our respect for it presuppose an obedience to commands accepted in ...
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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