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. He argued that centrally planned organizationsor governmentsbased 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 also to social and political liberty.
Michael Polanyi (1891–1976) was an internationally renowned scientist, philosopher, and professor whose other works include Personal Knowledge and The Tacit Dimension.
Stuart D. Warner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.
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