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History of Polanyi Society Publications

Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical (TAD) is the successor to earlier newsletter format and mini-journal publications by the Polanyi Society, beginning in the seventies; these predecessors were issued under other names and were published somewhat irregularly. Below is a listing of these early Polanyi Society publications. Issues beginning with TAD Vol. XVII, No.1 & 2, Spring, 1990-91 are available in a standardarized format in the digital archives. Early issues listed below are also available in the archives but as a single file. The index of TAD authors does identify some (but not all) materials published in the earlier newsletters and journal issues. Only the table of contents is accessible via the links in the listing below. Send questions to the current editor (whose name and e-mail are above on the Polanyi Society home page).

The first newsletter, called "Society of Explorers," was issued in the Fall 1972 (Vol. 1, No. 1); two succeeding newsletters with that name followed in Winter 1972-73 (Vol. I, No.2) and Spring 1973 (Vol. I, No.3).

In the Fall of 1973, the newsletter's name was changed to simply "The Polanyi Society." Newsletter issues with this name follow but actual dates of publication are not always clear and (as the material in the issues show) are often after the date listed for the issue.

The Polanyi Society, Vol. II, No. 1 Fall 1973

The Polanyi Society, Vol. II, No. 2 Spring 1974

The Polanyi Society, Vol. III, No. 1 Fall 1974

The Polanyi Society, Vol. III, No. 2 Spring 1975

The Polanyi Society, Vol. IV, No. 1 Fall 1976

The Polanyi Society, Vol. IV, No. 2 Spring 1977

The Polanyi Society, Vol. V, No. 1 September 8, 1977

The Polanyi Society, Vol. V, No. 2 December 12, 1977

The Polanyi Society, Vol. V, No. 3 April 18, 1978

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VI, No. 1 Fall 1978

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VI, No. 2 Winter 1979

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VII, No. 1, Fall, 1979

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Winter, 1980

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VIII, No. 1, Fall, 1980

The Polanyi Society, Vol. VIII, No. 2, Winter, 1981

The Polanyi Society, Vol. IX, No. 1, Fall, 1981

The Polanyi Society, Vol. IX, No. 2, Winter, 1982

The Polanyi Society, Vol. X, No. 1, Fall, 1982

The Polanyi Society, Vol. X, No. 2, Winter, 1983

By 1983, the newsletter format had become unwieldy ( Vol. X, No. 2 Winter 1982-83 was 14 pages long) and "The Polanyi Society" shifted to a mini-journal format in the Fall of 1983. There were only two mini-journal numbers with the name "The Polanyi Society": Vol. XI, No. 1, Fall, 1983 and Vol. XI, No. 2, Winter, 1983-84. With Vol. XII, No. 1, Fall, 1984-85, the mini-journal name changed to the present name "Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical."

Following is a list of early issues (before 1990-1991) of the journal with the present name and format; as noted above, there have been some lapses in publication and some changes in the way issues were dated. This list simply uses the cover designation.

Vol. XII, No. 1, Fall, 1984-85

Vol. XII, No. 2, Winter, 1984-85

Vol. XIII, No. 1, Fall, 1985-86

Vol. XIII, No. 2, Spring, 1985-86

Vol. XIV, No. 1, Fall, 1986-87

Vol. XIV, No. 2, Spring, 1986-87

Vol. XV, No. 1, Winter, 1987-88

Vol. XV, No. 2, Spring, 1987-88

Vol. XVI, No. 1, Winter, 1988-89

Vol. XVI, No. 2, Spring, 1988-89

The material included in the early newsletters and mini-journal was quite diverse. Frequently there were announcements about upcoming meetings, reports on meetings and conferences, Polanyi Society membership lists, bibliographic data, book reviews and short essays. Often there was reprinted material from Convivium: The United Kingdom Review of Post-critical Thought (the publication of the United Kingdom counterpart to the Polanyi Society whose name was also Convivium). In 1994-95, the Convivium membership was merged with the Polanyi Society. From the period of the shift to mini-journal format (Vol. XI, No. 1, Fall, 1983), articles and reviews became the major content of Tradition and Discovery.


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