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About the Author
Table of Contents
Part 1 Early Consideration of Contact with Reality
Preface to Part 1 11
1 Personal Knowledge 16
2 The Structure of Knowledge 29
3 Scientific Discovery 38
4 Polanyi's Realism 55
5 The Reality Statement 64
6 Contact with Reality 75
7 Criteria of Reality 86
8 Polanyi and Contemporary Realist Issues (I): Progress 108
9 Polanyi and Contemporary Realist Issues (II): Truth, in Particular Correspondence 148
10 Polanyi and Contemporary Realism 180
11 Grounding Polanyi's Realism: Merleau-Ponty 205
Part 2 Re-Calling Contact with Reality
Preface to Part 2 239
12 Polanyi and Retrieving Realism 244
13 The Current Conversation: The Difference Polanyi Would Make 260
14 Recovering Reality 278
Name Index 307
What People are Saying About This
"In this lively book, Esther Lightcap Meek does more than simply make a compelling case for Polanyi's realism in the context of dominant epistemologies and philosophies of science; she also brings out a beautiful dimension of Polanyi's thought that is not often seen, deepening its metaphysical underpinnings through creative engagement with contemporary thinkers. This book makes a much-needed contribution to the reception of Polanyiand offers a fresh, new way to think about reason more generally."
D. C. Schindler, Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, DC
"Justifiably renowned for her previous explorations of the knowing process, Meek here guides us expertly through Michael Polanyi's epistemology and commends to us a renewed and humble appreciation of the generosity of reality itself. In an era of 'post-truth' and 'alternative facts,' this account of how we may discover what is real is very welcome indeed."
Murray Rae, Professor, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, New Zealand
"In this inspiring work, Meek brings us back to the most fundamental point of all: 'the natural trust and communion with reality that lies at the heart of humanness.' This book is a philosophical celebration of that relation, in the idiom of Michael Polanyi, and all who are drawn to this topic will find it a compelling read."
Oliver Davies, Professor of Christian Doctrine, King's College London
"Meek's fans will welcome this extension of her covenant epistemology to the metaphysics of realism, in careful conversation with contemporary philosophy. Polanyi's claim that knowing always bears indeterminate future manifestations is her theme, and it reaches an exciting climax in her comparison of Polanyi with Catholic thinkers Schindler and von Balthasar. This is an original, important contribution to preserving Mystery and furthering hope in the modern age, and deserves the widest readership. Take and read."
David Rutledge, Pitts Professor Emeritus of Religion, Furman University; Past President, The Polanyi Society