Polanyi, Michael (1891-1976)
Hungarian born physical chemist who came to the University of Manchester in
England in 1933. In 1947 he moved from the faculty of science to the faculty of
humanities where he developed his philosophy of science and of society. Polanyi
argued that knowledge was neither objective nor subjective but personal in that
all knowledge required the commitment of the knower to some community of
knowers. He also developed the idea of "tacit knowledge," knowledge
that was incapable of full explicit expression, which underlies all explicit
knowledge. Two of his dictums are: We say more than we know that we say. We know
more than we can say that we know.
by: Dr. James Miller
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