This collection of essays demonstrates the continuing importance of the work of Michael Polanyi for the understanding, not only of the great events of the 20th century, but also of the problems that face us in the 21st century. Polanyi moved liberalism away from a negative, sceptical and rationalist basis towards an acceptance of trust, tradition and faith in transcendent values. His conception of the free society is not one merely of doing as one pleases nor vacuously 'open', but one of individual and communal self-dedication to those values and ideals. These essays, authored by a distinguished international and interdisciplinary panel of invited contributors, examine Polanyi's specific insights in the theory of knowledge, the nature and source of social order and the philosophy of economics and science and draw relevant comparisons between Polanyi and related thinkers such as Popper, Hayek and Mises. This book shows the sources of Polanyi's ideas and his distinctive contribution to philosophy generally, to social and political thought and to economics.
'… I see this fine collection of essays with a couple of masterpieces in it as a companion to Polanyi's philosophy helping the reader to understand the complete oeuvre and not just his social, political and economic thoughts.' Appraisal
Contents: Introduction: The significance of Michael Polanyi, Struan Jacobs and R.T. Allen; The Hungarian context of Michael Polanyi's thought, Endre J. Nagy; Believing unbelievers: Michael Polanyi and Arthur Koestler, Lee Congdon; Polanyi and the rehabilitation of emotion, R.T. Allen; Beyond nihilism, C.P. Goodman; Polanyi on tradition in liberal modernity, Struan Jacobs; Polanyi's political theory of science, Stephen Turner; Polanyi's analysis of social orders, Struan Jacobs; Polanyi's conservatism: the reconciliation of freedom and authority, R.J. Brownhill; Polanyi the economist, Paul Craig Roberts; Polanyi and the 'Austrian school', Carlo Vinti; Observations on Michael Polanyi's Keynesianism, Monia Manucci; Bibliography; Index of names.