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Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics$
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Abraham Jacob Greenstine and Ryan J. Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412094

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412094.001.0001

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The Modern Aristotle: Michael Polanyi’s Search for Truth against Nihilism

The Modern Aristotle: Michael Polanyi’s Search for Truth against Nihilism

(p.180) Chapter 10 The Modern Aristotle: Michael Polanyi’s Search for Truth against Nihilism
Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics

Ronald Hoinski

Ronald Polansky

Edinburgh University Press

David Hoinski and Ronald Polansky’s “The Modern Aristotle: Michael Polanyi’s Search for Truth against Nihilism” shows how the general tendencies of contemporary philosophy of science disclose a return to the Aristotelian emphasis on both the formation of dispositions to know and the role of the mind in theoretical science. Focusing on a comparison of Michael Polanyi and Aristotle, Hoinski and Polansky investigate to what degree Aristotelian thought retains its purchase on reality in the face of the changes wrought by modern science. Polanyi’s approach relies on several Aristotelian assumptions, including the naturalness of the human desire to know, the institutional and personal basis for the accumulation of knowledge, and the endorsement of realism against objectivism. Hoinski and Polansky emphasize the promise of Polanyi’s neo-Aristotelian framework, which argues that science is won through reflection on reality.

Keywords:   Aristotle, Polyani, Philosophy of Science, Politics, Knowledge, Realism, Reality

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