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  1. A Polanyian Epistemology Manqué.John V. Apczynski - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):4-13.
    These reflections attempt to clarify and strengthen Dreyfus and Taylor’s defense of a realist understanding of knowing by comparing it to features of Michael Polanyi’s theory of personal knowledge. I believe this overcomes some ambiguities such as their use of “mediation” and strengthens their case in discussing science without recourse to the notion of a “view from nowhere.” These in turn provide a more robust understanding of their understanding of realism within a pluralist framework. For students of Polanyi’s thought, this (...)
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  2. To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods and Motivation. [REVIEW]Dale Cannon - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):57-59.
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  3. The Language Animal: The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity. [REVIEW]Andrew Grosso - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):54-57.
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  4. Preface.Paul Lewis - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):3-3.
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  5. Robust Moral Realism: Pluralist or Emergent?Charles Lowney - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):39-53.
    In Retrieving Realism, Taylor and Dreyfus aim to correct mistaken modern assumptions and their post-modern reactions in order to affirm a robust realism about a world for scientific and moral exploration. Their critiques and solutions have much in common with Polanyi’s approach; they all emphasize tacit body-knowing, background frameworks, and our ability to develop epistemological structures that better and better grasp the world considered independent from us. Dreyfus-Taylor and Polanyi diverge, however, when it comes to choosing a framework from which (...)
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  6. Contact with Reality.Esther L. Meek - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):14-25.
    This essay contrasts Michael Polanyi’s insight regarding contact with reality to the idea of direct contact theory that Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor develop in their recent effort to “retrieve” realism. Whereas the latter locates a “direct” contact “beneath” articulation in a preconceptual layer “accessible only by phenomenology,” Polanyi locates contact in discovery—not beneath, but rather beyond, our efforts to know. It is also apparent that the authors of Retrieving Realism presume an epistemology less sophisticated than Polanyi’s subsidiary-focal integration, as (...)
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  7. Dreyfus, Taylor, and Polanyi’s Prescience.David W. Rutledge - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):26-38.
    Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor argue explicit conceptual knowledge has an essential pre-conceptual “background” fully embedding the knower in the world. This refutes the Cartesian view that knowledge of the outside world is mediated through the mind of the observer. This “mediational” view is undermined by Kant, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein, and Todes, and the “contact theory” they make possible. I add Polanyi to the list, as tacit knowing accomplishes similar things in better fashion.
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    The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes, and Minds.Andrew Grosso - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):62-64.
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  9. Preface.Paul Lewis - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):3-3.
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  10. Restoring Faith in Reason.Martin X. Moleski - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):21-34.
    This article provides an appreciative but critical analysis of the account of humanistic inquiry Thomas Pfau develops in Minding the Modern. Moleski examines various complementary accounts of tacit knowing, and highlights the importance of assent, conscience, and tradition. He critiques Pfau’s account of objectivity, and argues perspectivalism and pluralism are not barriers to reliable knowledge of reality. He concludes with a cursory comparison of the efforts of Pfau, Newman, Polanyi, and Lonergan.
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    The Failure of Charity and the Loss of Personhood.Thomas Pfau - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):4-20.
    Pfau elaborates the arguments he develops in Minding the Modern, and devotes particular attention to the question of the incommensurability of premodern and modern accounts of personhood and agency. He highlights the distinct nature of humanistic forms of inquiry and examines their hermeneutic character, noting the priority of meaning over method. He emphasizes the interdependence of affection, volition, and cognition, and also analyzes varying descriptions of relationality. The article closes with a meditation on a section of T.S. Eliot’s Waste Land (...)
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  12. Person and Its Constellated Corollaries.Philip Rolnick - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):35-42.
    This essay explores the analysis of the concept of the person Thomas Pfau develops in Minding the Modern. Rolnick highlights the correspondence of the concepts of personhood and incommunicability, and also examines the relationship between personhood, intellect, and will. He further analyzes the correspondence between personhood, transcendence, and grace. He concludes with a question about Pfau’s reading of the history of modernity and the difference between formal and informal historical influences.
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    Robert Scholes.Martin E. Turkis Ii - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (2):43-61.
    Robert Scholes is a respected literary critic and semiotician who, motivated by dissatisfaction with the reigning epistemological assumptions in the field of literary theory, has advocated revamping the discipline of English in significant ways. Scholes’s own epistemology and semiotic approach to pedagogy cohere quite well with Polanyi’s epistemological work and are, in essence, post-critical. Given that far more students in the American educational system study English than philosophy, a wider embrace of Scholes’s pedagogical approach could provide more opportunities than are (...)
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    The Shape of Biology to Come?Dániel Bárdos & Gábor Á Zemplén - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):32-50.
    The essay discusses congruency issues in the biosemiotic approach of the Danish biochemist, Jesper Hoffmeyer. The authors understand Hoffmeyer’s anti-reductionistic approach to be similar to Michael Polanyi’s multi-layered ontology, but suggest that the Polanyian approach has fewer handicaps as a model-building enterprise. We offer a historical review of Hoffmeyer’s polarized narrative of 20th century biology and investigate his central thesis that life and semiosis are coextensive. We argue that Hoffmeyer conflates temporal and spatial features of semiotic systems, his account of (...)
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    Vanishing Into Things: Knowledge in Chinese Tradition. [REVIEW]Spencer Case - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):79-83.
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    Mediation and Meaning.Walter Gulick - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):51-71.
    In their co-authored work, Retrieving Realism, Hubert Dreyfus and Charles Taylor argue that an unfortunate epistemological picture holds us captive. Thinkers enmeshed in this picture focus on what mediates our knowledge when an inner self is distinguished from the outer world. This stance, they say, encourages doubt about whether we really know what we perceive. In this essay I argue that mediation, properly understood, and the inner/outer distinction are crucial for understanding how we know. The stratified ontology of Michael Polanyi (...)
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    The Whole Creature: Complexity, Biosemiotics and the Evolution of Culture. [REVIEW]Walter Gulick - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):72-75.
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    Preface.Paul Lewis - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):3-3.
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    Michael Polanyi’s Approach to Biological Systems and Contemporary Biosemiotics.Phil Mullins - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):6-31.
    Using the writing of Eliseo Fernandez and Jesper Hoffmeyer, this essay introduces important ideas in the emerging interdisciplinary field known as “biosemiotics.” Later discussion summarizes Michael Polanyi’s criticisms of the Modern Synthesis and his alternative constructive philosophical account of life, evolution and biological study, suggesting areas of overlap with contemporary biosemiotics.
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    Gatherings in Biosemiotics. [REVIEW]Phil Mullins - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (1):75-79.
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