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seanburns [Part 1: Polanyi and the Epistemology of Science]
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 ====== Polanyi and Science ====== ====== Polanyi and Science ======
  
-**date: 2014-02-07 16:18+**date: 2014-02-07 16:18**
  
-Some notes on the demarcation of science with respect to Polanyi. +Some notes Polanyi and the Epistemology of Science.
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-===== Part 1: Polanyi and the Epistemology of Science ​=====+
  
 There are a number of ways to read Polanyi (2009), and the knowledge management literature has taken off with the very singular aspect of his work -- that "we can know more than what we can tell" (p. 4) (as well as Nonaka'​s ((http://​www.citeulike.org/​user/​seancsb/​article/​12818193)) version of tacit knowledge), and much of the focus has been on business and organizational management. However, Polanyi'​s idea has an important implication for the nature and work of science, with implications for science policy, and Polanyi discusses this in some detail in the third chapter. There are a number of ways to read Polanyi (2009), and the knowledge management literature has taken off with the very singular aspect of his work -- that "we can know more than what we can tell" (p. 4) (as well as Nonaka'​s ((http://​www.citeulike.org/​user/​seancsb/​article/​12818193)) version of tacit knowledge), and much of the focus has been on business and organizational management. However, Polanyi'​s idea has an important implication for the nature and work of science, with implications for science policy, and Polanyi discusses this in some detail in the third chapter.
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 What is also not fully acknowledged are other ideas about the demarcation of science--issues related to problem-solving (ala Kuhn ((http://​www.worldcat.org/​oclc/​34548541))) and problem-finding (ala [[blog:​reading-robert-k-merton-matthew-effect|Merton]]). Here we can refer to, I think, one of the best passages (pp. 64-66) of Polanyi'​s book, the ending of which he writes: What is also not fully acknowledged are other ideas about the demarcation of science--issues related to problem-solving (ala Kuhn ((http://​www.worldcat.org/​oclc/​34548541))) and problem-finding (ala [[blog:​reading-robert-k-merton-matthew-effect|Merton]]). Here we can refer to, I think, one of the best passages (pp. 64-66) of Polanyi'​s book, the ending of which he writes:
  
 +> Thus the scientific interest--or scientific value--of a contribution is formed by three factors: its //​exactitude//,​ its //​systematic importance//,​ and the //intrinsic interest of its subject matter// (p. 66).
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 +In other words, Polanyi argues that we can demarcate science not just by its truthfulness,​ its coherence, but also by whether it's //​interesting//​ in the right //​theoretical//​ way.
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 +In later posts, I'll write more about the commensurability issue--as it relates to Polanyi'​s description of tacit knowledge.
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 +Revision date: 2015-01-21 ((https://​github.com/​seancsb/​research-notebook/​commit/​ec1d76115f453ed5f2a5b4a6db547659cae569e0))
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 +===== References =====
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 +Nonaka, I. (1994). A dynamic theory of organizational knowledge creation. //​Organization Science, 5//(1), 14-37. doi: http://​dx.doi.org/​10.1287/​orsc.5.1.14
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 +Polanyi, Michael. (2009). //The tacit dimension//​. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Original work published 1966) URL: http://​www.worldcat.org/​isbn/​0226672980
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 +Woelfle, M., Olliaro, P., & Todd, Matthew H. (2011). Open science is a research accelerator. //Nature Chemistry, 3//(10), 745-748. doi: http://​dx.doi.org/​10.1038/​nchem.1149
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 +  * categories:
 +      * academic libraries
 +      * open science
 +      * knowledge management
 +      * LIS658
  
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