Popper, Polanyi and the Notion of Rationality

  • Adelino Cattani
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)


Polanyi’s interpretation of rationality, far from being relativistic or irration-alistic, is realistic and usable. I would call it an ‘enthymematic concept of rationality’, founded on some ‘rhetorical’ notions, such as tacit premisses, consensus, plausibility, cooperation, conviviality, all of which indicate a mutual consent and a common agreement, reached by means of persuasion, based on convergent opinions not irrevocable and beliefs not final (commitment/ objectivism, rhetoric/science, rhetoric/logic are the pairs and the framework in which the discussion can be inserted).


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adelino Cattani
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  1. 1.Istituto di Storia della FilosofiaUniversità di PadovaItaly

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