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ERIC Number: EJ924849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Sight, Sound, and Knowledge: Michael Polanyi's Epistemology as an Attempt to Redress the Sensory Imbalance in Modern Western Thought
Jardine, Murray
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v31 n3 p160-171 Jun 2011
The author argues that Michael Polanyi's philosophy of science can be understood as an (unconscious) attempt to recapture elements of experience largely forgotten or repressed in modernity. Specifically, the author argues that Polanyi's epistemology appears to draw on elements of oral-aural experience that have been relatively ignored by the heavily visual sensory orientation typical of modern Western societies. The author does this by first deriving the primary features of the modern objectivist conception of knowledge from Polanyi's critique of objectivism and then using the anthropological literature on the differences between oral and literate cultures to demonstrate that these same aspects of the objectivist paradigm correspond closely to typical features of literate, visual consciousness while Polanyi's alternative formulations correspond to a more oral-aural orientation. (Contains 42 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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