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Michael Polanyi and his generation : origins of the social construction of science

Author: Mary Jo Nye
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Michael Polanyi and His Generation, Mary Jo Nye investigates the role that Michael Polanyi and several of his contemporaries played in the emergence of the social turn in the philosophy of science. This turn involved seeing science as a socially based enterprise that does not rely on empiricism and reason alone but on social communities, behavioral norms, and personal commitments. Nye argues that the roots of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Michael Polanyi; Michael Polanyi; Michael Polanyi; Michael Polanyi; Michael Polanyi; Michael Polanyi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Jo Nye
ISBN: 9780226610634 0226610632
OCLC Number: 700468494
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Biography/Autobiography) 2011
Description: xxi, 405 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Scientific culture in Europe and the refugee generation --
Germany and Weimar Berlin as the City of Science --
Origins of a social perspective: doing physical chemistry in Weimar Berlin --
Chemical dynamics and social dynamics in Berlin and Manchester --
Liberalism and the economic foundations of the "Republic of Science" --
Scientific freedom and the social functions of science --
Political foundations of the philosophies of science of Popper, Kuhn, and Polanyi --
Personal knowledge: argument, audiences, and sociological engagement --
Epilogue: SSK, scientific constructivism, and the paradoxical legacy of Polanyi and the 1930s generation.
Responsibility: Mary Jo Nye.

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