Polanyi, the philosopher, is mostly known as a theorist of knowledge. His philosophy proceeds from the analysis of knowing to address many important topics including ontology, social theory, theory of the person, and the study of the practical dimensions of science. His theory of knowledge rests on ethical, social and existential pillars beside his Gestalt-based theory of cognition. On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his masterpiece, Personal Knowledge, the aim of the conference is the reappraisal of this perplexingly rich, highly original and refreshingly unconventional philosophy in the light of the current intellectual milieu as well as from historical perspectives. The conference is open to contextual, historical, and analytical approaches including - but not limited to - the following list of topics: - Personal knowledge in light of social and historical epistemology - Tacit knowledge and the new results of cognitive psychology - Reappraising Polanyi's The Logic of Liberty - The cognitive functions of emotions - Polanyi on the production and management of knowledge - Postcritical and postmodern perspectives - Embodiment and tacit knowing - Polanyi and the concept of emergence - Polanyi and understanding technology .
The programme may be found here: http://www.polanyi.bme.hu/conference/prog.php.