The Logic Of Liberty

The Logic Of Liberty

by Polanyi
     
 

A chemist and member of a family renowned for its learning in several disciplines, Michael Polanyi experienced first-hand the horrors of totalitarian government and worldwide war. Consequently there is a singular weight to Polanyi's challenge to advocates of centrally planned scientific inquiry or the centrally planned implementation of scientific discovery. He

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A chemist and member of a family renowned for its learning in several disciplines, Michael Polanyi experienced first-hand the horrors of totalitarian government and worldwide war. Consequently there is a singular weight to Polanyi's challenge to advocates of centrally planned scientific inquiry or the centrally planned implementation of scientific discovery. He argued that organizations—or governments—based solely on the methods of science threaten to foreclose a full human knowledge of the mysteries of existence and therefore pose a direct threat not only to academic freedom but to social and political liberty. The very triumphs of science in the modern era, Polanyi believed, at least affect and sometimes threaten liberty: "Our discovery and acceptance of scientific knowledge is a commitment to certain beliefs which we hold, but which others may refuse to share." This fateful interrelationship between science and liberty in our time is given supreme and elegant reflection in The Logic of Liberty.

Michael Polanyi (1891–1976) was an internationally renowned scientist, philosopher, Personal Knowledge andThe Tacit Dimension.

Stuart D. Warner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865971837
Publisher:
Liberty Fund, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Series:
Midway Reprint Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
277
Sales rank:
957,412
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.46(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Foreword by Stuart D. Warner, ix
Preface, xvii
Acknowledgments, xxi PART I
The Example of Science
1. Social Message of Pure Science 3
2. Scientific Convictions 9
3. Foundations of Academic Freedom 39
4. Self-Government of Science 59
5. Science and Welfare 83
6. Planned Science 106 PART II
Other Examples
7. Perils of Inconsistency 115
8. The Span of Central Direction 136
9. Profits and Polycentricity 170
10. Manageability of Social Tasks 189 Bibliography, 247
Index, 249

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