Popper, Polanyi and the Notion of Rationality
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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).
KeywordsTacit Knowledge Personal Knowledge Free Society Tacit Dimension Categorical Syllogism
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