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Transcendent Mind, Emergent Universe in the Thought of Michael Polanyi

Vincent M. Smiles
Published Online: 2015-11-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0030


This essay vindicates two major aspects of the science-based philosophy of Michael Polanyi: 1. His concept of tacit knowing, and 2. His concept of the multi-levelled character of reality. These two notions relate closely with one another, and together support the thesis to be argued here, that when it comes to understanding human beings, and most especially the human mind, science and religion have to meet on the common ground of the transcendent capacities of human beings, which are pointers to the transcendent character of the universe. The mind is an emergent of the universe, as are all of its other amazing characteristics, but mind is also, therefore, a clue to the character of the universe and its encompassing reality. Mind reflects reality; reality invites mind.

Keywords: Scientific materialism; tacit knowing; objectivism; Gestalt; reductionism; evolution; multilevelled


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About the article

Received: 2015-07-14

Accepted: 2015-09-23

Published Online: 2015-11-06

Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2015-0030.

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