Polanyi Society Speakers Bureau

The Polanyi Society has a Speakers Bureau that can help arrange a speaker for a college or university lecture. Speakers are established scholars who have written about Michael Polanyi’s life and his post-critical thought. Topics for talks can be general (e.g., Polanyi’s account of science and modern culture) or more specific (e.g., Polanyi on “embodiment” and the importance of tradition and community; Polanyi’s criticisms of fascism and communism and his midcentury vision of a “liberal” society; Polanyi’s “post-critical” perspective and “postmodernism”). Inquiries about a possible speaker are invited; contact Phil Mullins (mullins@missouriwestern.edu). Below are listed some representative speakers and talks that will occur early in 2010.

Martin X. Moleski, S. J., "See for Yourself: Michael Polanyi's Theory of Personal Knowledge" for Local Society Initiative on Science and Religion, Loyola University of Maryland on February 1, 2010.

Martin X. Moleski, S. J., "From Ptolemy to Newton: Polanyi's Understanding of Pattern Recognition in the History of Astronomy" presentation for a class at Loyola University of Maryland on February 2, 2010.

Richard Gelwick, “Michael Polanyi’s Bioethics of Responsible Science,” Annual Spiritual Perspectives on Bioethics Presentation at Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on March 24, 2010.

Richard Gelwick, “Polanyi and Niebuhr: The Science of Faith and the Faith of Science,” forYale Initiative in Science, Religion and Technology Program, Yale Divinity School on March 25, 2010.