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Michael PolanyiScientist and Philosopher$
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William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019517433X.001.0001

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 The Philosophy of Freedom: 1938–1947

 The Philosophy of Freedom: 1938–1947

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(p.171) 7 The Philosophy of Freedom: 1938–1947
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Michael Polanyi
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William Taussig Scott

Martin X. Moleski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019517433X.003.0007

The Second World War gave Polanyi time and incentive to write about the foundations of freedom in economics, scientific inquiry, and socio-political organization. He felt that developing a satisfactory philosophy of freedom was the greatest contribution he could make to the war effort; in 1944, he rounded out his work on Keynesian economic theories with the publication of Full Employment and Free Trade. Because of his commitment to science as a model of free but responsible inquiry, he helped John Baker found the Society for Freedom in Science, an organization that opposed socialist philosophies of science as a tool that could and should be subordinated to the interests of the state.

Keywords:   World War II, philosophy of freedom, Keynesian economics, Full Employment and Free Trade, John Baker, Society for Freedom in Science, socialist philosophies of science

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