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In Defense of Dwelling in Great Minds: A Few Quotations from Michael Polanyi’s The Study of Man

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  • Klein, Daniel B.

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    (The Ratio Institute)

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It seems like a small and perhaps shrinking minority of economists know reverence of individual figures. Most economists seem to be without heroes, and sometimes disparage reverence as cultish idolatry. Here I collect from Michael Polanyi’s The Study of Man (1959) a few passages that eloquently suggest that “we need reverence to perceive greatness, even as we need a telescope to observe spiral nebulae.” The selection is made in the defense of seeking out and communing with great minds.

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Paper provided by The Ratio Institute in its series Ratio Working Papers with number 141.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: 24 Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0141

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