Personal or Impersonal Knowledge?

13 (28) Journal of Philosophical Investigations 20

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2020

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Susan Haack

University of Miami - School of Law; University of Miami - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Reflections on the contrast between the titles of Popper’s Objective Knowledge and Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge led Haack to explore how Polanyi’s ideas might be used to correct some of the distortions caused by Popper’s refusal to allow any role in epistemology to the knowing subject, and thus to throw light on such questions as the relations between the knower and the known, between epistemology and psychology and sociology of knowledge, and between subjectivity and objectivity.

Historical note: This paper was written (on a typewriter!) in 1980, for presentation at a workshop on “Epistemologically Relevant Sociology of Science” organized by Donald T. Campbell. It was never previously published. Of course, Prof. Haack wouldn’t write it the same way today; but scholars will notice, in this early piece, the seeds of her later ideas: in her Evidence and Inquiry (1993), about the relation of logical and causal elements in epistemology, for example, and the contributory relevance of results from psychology; and in her Defending Science — Within Reason (2003), the way scientific evidence is shared, and the usefulness to philosophy of science of epistemologically well-informed sociology of science. Now, of course, Haack believes Popper was no fallibilist, but a covert skeptic.

Keywords: epistemology, Karl Popper, philosophy of science, Michael Polanyi, knowing subjects, personal judgment

Suggested Citation

Haack, Susan, Personal or Impersonal Knowledge? (2019). 13 (28) Journal of Philosophical Investigations 20, University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3503068

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