Embodiment in Polanyi's Theory of Tacit Knowing
Zhenhua, Yu, Philosophy Today
One of Michael Polanyi's most important contributions to philosophy is his clarification of the structure of tacit knowing based upon two terms of awareness. For instance, in driving a nail, we are not only aware of the nail, but also aware of the hammer and the feelings in our palm and fingers that grasp the hammer. According to Polanyi, our awareness of the nail is focal awareness, and the awareness of the hammer and the feelings in our palm and fingers is subsidiary awareness. Tacit knowing rests on the dynamic relationship between these two terms of awareness. In order to grasp an object (a comprehensive entity), we need to integrate its various clues, particulars. Here we can …
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Publication information: Article title: Embodiment in Polanyi's Theory of Tacit Knowing. Contributors: Zhenhua, Yu - Author. Journal title: Philosophy Today. Volume: 52. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 2008. Page number: 126+. © DePaul University Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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