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ERIC Number: ED124990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 23
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Discoursing Tacitly or Back to the Wrong Basics.
Watson, Sam, Jr.
One response to the call to go back-to-basics is to teach conventions of writing and usage which seem to echo the objectivity and rigor of scientific knowledge. Yet Michael Polanyi gives reason to believe that the "objectivist" concept of science itself is misleading. Polanyi offers a subtly, but fundamentally, different conception which undergirds achievements of knowing in the sciences and elsewhere, a concept of tacit knowing. Because his resulting epistemology is strikingly coherent with rhetorical theory, because classroom practices are based on a competing concept of science which Polanyi rejects, and because the habits and attitudes of students unfortunately reflect debilitating objectivist traits which Polanyi has analyzed, there is ample warrant for further study of Michael Polanyi, and there is hope that such study will help to identify what really is basic to the teaching of writing. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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