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    Comments on Joseph A. Bracken’s “Emergent Monism and Final Causality: A Field-Oriented Approach”.Richard W. Moodey - 2004 - Tradition and Discovery 31 (2):27-30.
    Bracken synthesizes Polanyi’s notion of morphogentic field and Whitehead’s notion of societies of actual occasions. These comments emphasize the implications of the metaphors involved in these notions. The rnetaphor of plants growing in afield lies beyond the concept of a morphogenetic field, and the metaphor of a society of interacting persons lies behind the concept of a society of actual occasions. I suggest that one of the implications of this metaphor is that there is not, as Bracken argues, a problem (...)
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    Tradition: Why Shils and Polanyi Abandoned the Action Frame of Reference.Richard W. Moodey - 2012 - Tradition and Discovery 39 (3):5-28.
    Michael Polanyi began thinking and writing about tradition long before he met Edward Shils in 1946. Polanyi’s religious experience in 1913 became part of the background for his thinking about tradition, and tradition entered into his thinking about spontaneous order and moral inversion. Polanyi and Shils both knew Karl Mannheim before they met one another, and had similar criticisms of Mannheim’s sociology. Soon after they met, both Polanyi and Shils were briefly enthusiastic about the Action Frame of Reference, which Shils (...)
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    “Visual Presentations of Social Matters” and Later Changes in Polanyi’s Social Theory.Richard W. Moodey - 2014 - Tradition and Discovery 41 (2):25-34.
    In a 1936 lecture, Polanyi claimed too much for the efficacy of visual presentations of relations among economic things. His 1945 book, Full Employment and Free Trade was the last of his major publications in which he used many diagrams to illustrate his points. In that book, he stated his objective of trying to popularize the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes. But after 1945, he seems to have stopped trying to help people understand Keynesian theory, and in Personal Knowledge, (...)
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    Reply to Comments of Grosby, Mullins, and Turner on Polanyi, Shils, and Tradition.Richard W. Moodey - 2012 - Tradition and Discovery 39 (3):52-53.
    This is a brief response to selected points made by the commentators on my essay.
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    Jon Lieff. The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine, and Life Itself.Richard W. Moodey - 2022 - Tradition and Discovery 48 (2):52-55.
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    Convivial Craft-Work and the Fiduciary Program.Richard W. Moodey - 2018 - Tradition and Discovery 44 (2):24-31.
    Matthew Crawford compares his program of convivial craft-work to Polanyi’s fiduciary program. He argues that both are good ways of grappling with reality, and that both can help persons to focus their attention in an age of distraction. Crawford criticizes the Enlightenment philosophers for an overemphasis on the representations of things at the expense of grappling with the real things. He argues that attention is a scarce resource, analogous to water. He sometimes uses language that can be interpreted as expressing (...)
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