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  1. Ineffable, Tacit, Explicable and Explicit: Qualifying Knowledge in the Age of “Intelligent” Machines.Charles Lowney - 2011 - Tradition and Discovery 38 (1):18-37.
    Harry Collins’ Tacit and Explicit Knowledge is engaged to clarify and expand the notions of tacit and explicit. A broader continuum for tacit knowledge and its indirectly or only partially explicable components is provided by complementing Collins’ exposition of tacit knowledge with a discussion of formal systems and Polanyi’s exposition of tacit knowing. Support is provided for Collins’ distinction between strings and language, mechanical modeling as a form of explication, and the notion that machines lack tacit knowledge and language. While (...)
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  2. Morality.Charles Lowney - 2009 - Tradition and Discovery 36 (3):52-65.
    New moral ways of being are answers to fundamental problems in the human condition regarding the best way to be and the best way to be with each other. Entering a new way of being entails crossing a logical gap into a new interpretive framework. Michael Polanyi’s from-to structure of knowing and discovery is used to show both how we can acquire the state of the good person through an imitation of their behaviors and why those behaviors must be practiced (...)
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    Wittgenstein and Polanyi: Metaphysics Reconsidered.Charles W. Lowney - 1999 - Tradition and Discovery 26 (1):19-27.
    This paper looks at Wittgenstein’s criticism of metaphysical philosophy and its possible reconstitution through Polanyi’s epistemology of tacit knowing. The two approaches are contrasted in the end in response to the question “What is the meaning of life?”.
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    Treasurer's Report.Charles Lowney - 2011 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 85:7-8.
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    Authenticity and the Reconciliation of Modernity.Charles Lowney - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (1):33 - 50.
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    From Morality to Spirituality: Society, Religion and Transformation.Charles Lowney - 2010 - Tradition and Discovery 37 (1):19-38.
    In a Polanyian emergentist ethics, moral ways of being and their concomitant interpretive structures come as achievements in response to a heuristic in the human condition. Religious transformation, as seen in mysticism and enlightenment, however, may present a radical, “transnatural” solution of a different order. Polanyi’s understanding of “breaking out” from conceptual frameworks, and his conception that Christian worship promotes a sustained hopeful anguish, are contrasted with a Polanyian “breaking in” to a new framework of knowing and being that provides (...)
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    From Science to Morality: A Polanyian Perspective on the Letter and Spirit of the Law.Charles Lowney - 2009 - Tradition and Discovery 36 (1):42-54.
    Looking at the moral law from Polanyi’s post-critical epistemology and emergent ontology reveals two interconnected roles for the letter of the law and two ways in which it can oppose the spirit of the law. For the moral student the law is a procedural method, for the moral virtuoso the law is an incomplete explicit expression of a tacit way of being. The two are connected in that procedural rules and practices set the basis for understanding and experiencing an emergent (...)
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    From Epistemology to Ontology to Epistemontology.Charles Lowney - 2013 - Tradition and Discovery 40 (1):16-29.
    According to Tihamér Margitay, Michael Polanyi held a strong “correspondence thesis” between the structure of tacit knowing and the structure of ontological emergence. In agreement with Margitay, this article finds a one-to-one correspondence implausible, given our tacit ability to integrate various clues into the apprehension of the same object and given the multiple realization of object types via different components. It is acknowledged, however, that such a correspondence is encouraged by an analytic, scientific approach to understanding objects , when held (...)
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    Connecting Twenty-First Century Connectionism and Wittgenstein.Charles W. Lowney, Simon D. Levy, William Meroney & Ross W. Gayler - 2020 - Philosophia 48 (2):643-671.
    By pointing to deep philosophical confusions endemic to cognitive science, Wittgenstein might seem an enemy of computational approaches. We agree that while Wittgenstein would reject the classicist’s symbols and rules approach, his observations align well with connectionist or neural network approaches. While many connectionisms that dominated the later twentieth century could fall prey to criticisms of biological, pedagogical, and linguistic implausibility, current connectionist approaches can resolve those problems in a Wittgenstein-friendly manner. We present the basics of a Vector Symbolic Architecture (...)
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    Treasurer’s Report.Charles Lowney - 2012 - Tradition and Discovery 39 (2):7-8.
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    Dewey’s Criticisms of Traditional Philosophy.Charles Lowney - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2:13-19.
    In this paper I address some of John Dewey’s more generally applicable criticisms of the philosophic "tradition," and show how his criticisms stem from his naturalistic approach to philosophy. This topic is important because Dewey gives great insight into discussions that are relevant today regarding the role of philosophy. In 1935 he anticipated many of the criticisms of the "later" Wittgenstein regarding the establishment of post facto standards as a cause, the separation of language from behavior and the privatization of (...)
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    Robust Moral Realism: Pluralist or Emergent?Charles Lowney - 2017 - Tradition and Discovery 43 (3):39-53.
    In Retrieving Realism, Taylor and Dreyfus aim to correct mistaken modern assumptions and their post-modern reactions in order to affirm a robust realism about a world for scientific and moral exploration. Their critiques and solutions have much in common with Polanyi’s approach; they all emphasize tacit body-knowing, background frameworks, and our ability to develop epistemological structures that better and better grasp the world considered independent from us. Dreyfus-Taylor and Polanyi diverge, however, when it comes to choosing a framework from which (...)
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    Morality: Emergentist Ethics and Virtue For Itself.Charles Lowney - 2009 - Tradition and Discovery 36 (3):52-65.
    New moral ways of being are answers to fundamental problems in the human condition regarding the best way to be and the best way to be with each other. Entering a new way of being entails crossing a logical gap into a new interpretive framework. Michael Polanyi’s from-to structure of knowing and discovery is used to show both how we can acquire the state of the good person through an imitation of their behaviors and why those behaviors must be practiced (...)
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    Rethinking the Machine Metaphor Since Descartes: On the Irreducibility of Bodies, Minds, and Meanings.Charles Lowney - 2011 - Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 31 (3):179-192.
    Michael Polanyi’s conceptions of tacit knowing and emergent being are used to correct a reductionism that developed from, or reacted against, the excesses of several Cartesian assumptions: the method of universal doubt; the emphasis on reductive analysis to unshakeable foundations, via connections between clear and distinct ideas; the notion that what is real are the basic atomic substances out of which all else is composed; a sharp body-mind substance dualism; and the notion that the seat of consciousness can be traced (...)
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