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Michael Polanyi and His Generation: Origins of the Social Construction of Science

Mary Jo Nye


This book 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. The author argues that the roots of the social turn are to be found in the scientific culture and political events of Europe in the 1930s, when scientific intellectuals struggled to defend the universal status of scientific knowledge and to justify publi ... More

Keywords: Michael Polanyi, social turn, philosophy of science, socially based enterprise, social communities, behavioral norms, personal commitments, scientific intellectuals, scientific knowledge, social welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226610634
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226610658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Jo Nye, author