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Essays and Lectures by Michael Polanyi

Letter: "The Value of the Inexact" (1936)

"Visual Presentation of Social Matters" (1936)

"Popular Education in Economic Matters" (1937)

"Forms of Atheism" (1948)

Gifford Lectures (1951 and 1952)

"The Stability Of Beliefs" (1952)

"Persons" (1954)

"The Republic of Science: Its Political and Economic Theory" (1962)

Gelwick Microfilm Collection (1963)

Duke Lectures (1964)
(1) “The Metaphysical Reach of Science”
(2) “The Structure of Tacit Knowing”
(3) “Commitment to Science”
(4) “The Emergence of Man”
(5) “Thought in Society”

Wesleyan Lectures (1965)
(1) “Science and Reality”
(2) “The Structure of Tacit Knowing”
(3) “The Creative Imagination”
(4) “The Growth of Science in Society”
(5) “Levels of Reality”

"The Structure of Consciousness" (1965)

"The Body-Mind Relation" (1968)

"On Body and Mind" (1969)

"Transcendence And Self-Transcendence" (1970)


McEnerney Lectures (1962)
(1) “The Destruction of Reality”
(2) “The Realm of the Unspoken”
(3) “The Vindication of Reality”
(4) “A Society of Explorers”

Dialogue Between Michael Polanyi and Carl Rogers (1966) Click on the link and use "open" to play the file or "save as" to download the file.

Text of Dialogue Between Michael Polanyi and Carl Rogers

Interviews of Polanyi by Ray Wilken (April 5 and 6, 1966)


Unemployment and Money (1940) Economics Educaton Film

Links to Polanyi Writing on Other Sites

Science, Faith and Society (1946)

"Scientific Beliefs" (1950)

"Scientific Outlook: Its Sickness and Cure" (1957)

"Problem Solving " (1957)

"Science and Technology " (Section 8 of the Chapter “Intellectual Passions,” pp. 174-184 from Personal Knowledge [1958])

"Faith and Reason" (1961)

"Science: Academic and Industrial" (1961)

"Tacit Knowing: Its Bearing on Some Problems of Philosophy " (1962)

"My Time with X-Rays and Crystals" (1962)

"Science and Reality" (1967)

"Life’s Irreducible Structure" (1968)

Meaning: A Project (1969) Lectures

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