Wissenschaft und Glauben bei Michael Polanyi

Losch, Andreas (2015). Wissenschaft und Glauben bei Michael Polanyi. In: Beuttler, Ulrich; Mühling, Markus; Rothgangel, Martin (eds.) Glaube und Denken. Glaube und Denken: Vol. 33 (pp. 47-63). Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang

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For Michael Polanyi, religion and science fight abreast to protect the occidental culture from totalitarian threat. Both are belief-based endeavors, Polanyi is convinced. While this is not surprising at all regarding religion, it is surely a provocation regarding science. The article tries to explore this original thought of Polanyi and to examine how it is rooted in his personal convictions and beliefs. Special emphasis is given to Polanyi’s critique of contemporary biology, as expressed in his article on “Science and Religion”, in some ways a response to Paul Tillich’s theology. Contemporary biology’s findings undermine exactly what Polanyi is fighting for, hence he is convinced that its findings are somewhat flawed. This should however not lead to the false conclusion that Polanyi had anything to do with creationism or would have favored Intelligent Design in our days.

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Old Catholic Theology [discontinued]
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued] > Dogmatics and the History of Philosophy [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

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Losch, Andreas


100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy
200 Religion




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Andreas Losch

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17 Sep 2015 13:23

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