Michael Polanyi and Karl Popper : the fraying of a long-standing acquaintance

Jacobs, Struan and Mullins, Phil 2011, Michael Polanyi and Karl Popper : the fraying of a long-standing acquaintance, Tradition and discovery, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 61-93.

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Title Michael Polanyi and Karl Popper : the fraying of a long-standing acquaintance
Author(s) Jacobs, Struan
Mullins, Phil
Journal name Tradition and discovery
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 61
End page 93
Total pages 33
Publisher Polanyi Society
Place of publication St Joseph, Mo
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1057-1027
Keyword(s) Michael Polanyi
Karl Popper
critical rationalism
post-critical philosophy
Popper’s open society
Polanyi’s dynamic orders
Summary Based upon archival correspondence and their publications, this essay analyzes the interaction of Karl Popper and Michael Polanyi. Popper sent Polanyi for review in 1932 an early draft of The Logic of Discovery. Friedrich Hayek helped both Polanyi and Popper publish some of their writings in the forties. Polanyi renewed his acquaintance with Popper in the late forties when Popper took a position at the London School of Economics and they met to discuss common interests. In the early fifties, as Polanyi prepared and presented his Gifford Lectures and published The Logic of Liberty, Polanyi became increasingly clear and articulate in distinguishing his social philosophy and philosophy of science from Popper’s ideas. Polanyi’s 1952 paper “The Stability of Belief” forthrightly presented Polanyi’s post-critical ideas that Popper overtly rejected in an important letter. After this, they had little to do with each other.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042741

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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