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 The Philosophy of Freedom: 1938–1947

William Taussig Scott and Martin X. Moleski

in Michael Polanyi

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174335
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835706 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019517433X.003.0007
  The Philosophy of Freedom: 1938–1947

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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

Chapter.  19385 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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