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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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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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  • Klein, Daniel B., 2009. "In Defense of Dwelling in Great Minds: A Few Quotations from Michael Polanyi’s The Study of Man," Ratio Working Papers 141, The Ratio Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ratioi:0141
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    greatness; reverence; heroes; calling;

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    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • B30 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - General

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