Friday, 21 August 2020

Polanyi Society Online Discussion

 Zoom Discussion

Michael Polanyi’s 1964 Duke Lectures

The Polanyi Society is sponsoring an online discussion of Michael Polanyi’s 1964 Duke Lectures. A short introduction to the Duke Lectures and links for the five lectures are available in the collection of primary materials here in Polanyi Society web materials. The titles of the lectures below also directly link to that lecture. The Duke Lectures are one of several sets of lectures Polanyi gave in the sixties; they reflect the refinements in his philosophical perspective after Personal Knowledge. Polanyi intended for the Duke Lectures to become a book but there was a publishers’ dispute and the Duke Lectures were never published. 

Schedule for Zoom discussions:

Lecture 1: “The Metaphysical Reach of Science”—Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time

Lecture 2: “The Structure of Tacit Knowing”—Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time

Lecture 3: “Commitment to Science”-- Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time

Lecture 4: “The Emergence of Man” -- Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time

Lecture 5: “Thought in Society”-- Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. Central Daylight Saving Time

Sessions are projected to be one hour in duration. Some may extend beyond that but participants can come and go as schedules permit. Each session will have a facilitator who will make very brief comments (or raise questions) about ideas developed in the lecture; this is simply a device to stimulate subsequent general discussion.

Anyone interested in Polanyi’s Duke Lectures can sign up to participate in a session or all sessions. You do not need to be a member of the Polanyi Society to participate. You simply need to email a request to be sent a Zoom link for sessions to:

Phil Mullins (

Gus Breytspraak (

You will be advised by e-mail about any further developments and will be e-mailed a link for sessions. We plan to record sessions and post a link for each session on the Zoom cloud as well as the Polanyi Society web site very soon after the session. Those who miss sessions and wish to review a recording should be able easily to do so.

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