Polanyi on Epistemology, Worship, and Theology


Michael Polanyi regarded his contribution to the theory ofknowledge as "primarily an enquiry into the nature andjustification of scientific knowledge." Nevertheless, he was awarethat what he established in this area "leads on to a wide range ofquestions outside science." This was not merely a possibilitywhich he acknowledged, but an insight into the nature of hisepistemology which he pursued in many directions and with apassion. Polanyi’s extra-scientific concerns drew him in manydirections. He wrote about politics and economics, about mythand art, about psychology and metaphor, to name but a few. Healso wrote about theology and worship; and it is with these themesthat I am principally concerned in this article.
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