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Author Nye, Mary Jo.

Title Michael Polanyi and His Generation : Origins of the Social Construction of Science
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (429 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Scientific Culture in Europe and the Refugee Generation; 2. Germany and Weimar Berlin as the City of Science; 3. Origins of a Social Perspective: Doing Physical Chemistry in Weimar Berlin; 4. Chemical Dynamics and Social Dynamics in Berlin and Manchester; 5. Liberalism and the Economic Foundations of the "Republic of Science"; 6. Scientific Freedom and the Social Functions of Science; 7. Political Foundations of the Philosophies of Science of Popper, Kuhn, and Polanyi; 8. Personal Knowledge: Argument, Audiences, and Sociological Engagement
Summary In Michael Polanyi and His Generation, Mary Jo Nye investigates the role that Michael Polanyi and several of his contemporaries played in the emergence of the social turn in the philosophy of science. This turn involved seeing science as a socially based enterprise that does not rely on empiricism and reason alone but on social communities, behavioral norms, and personal commitments. Nye argues that the roots of the social turn are to be found in the scientific culture and political events of Europe in the 1930s, when scientific intellectuals struggled to defend the universal status of scienti
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-392) and index
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Subject Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976 -- Friends and associates.
Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976 -- Influence.
Jewish scientists -- Germany -- Intellectual life.
Jewish scientists -- Hungary -- Intellectual life.
Science -- Philosophy -- History -- 20th century.
Science -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226610659