Steven Garber

Steven Garber is director of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, and taught in the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and as Scholar-in-Residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He earned his Ph.D. in the foundations of education at Pennsylvania State University, his M.A. in philosophical psychology at Goddard College, and his B.A. in interdisciplinary studies at Geneva College.

Steven Garber was also a guest on the MARS HILL AUDIO Report "Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Thought of Michael Polanyi." A short description of the Report is available here.


Volume 42

Guests on Volume 42: Michael Kammen, on the historical transition from popular to mass culture; Philip Fisher, on Still the New World: American Literature in a Culture of Creative Destruction; John Horgan, on the limits of neuroscience; William Dembski, on detecting intelligent design through "specified complexity"; Steven Garber, on the breadth of Michael Polanyi's thought; Dorothy Bass, on the need to restore form to our experience of time; Paul Vitz, on Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism; J. Budziszewski, on The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man; and David Aikman, on the heroism of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing

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Though largely ignored, the work of research chemist-turned-philosopher Michael Polanyi (1891-1976) offers rich insight into the methods of science, the role of belief in all human knowing, and the important connections between knowledge and responsibility. Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing explores Michael Polanyi's criticisms of both objectivism and subjectivism, and his attempts to develop a more truthful understanding of how we know the world. His ideas are based on the belief that all knowledge is either tacit (silent and unspoken) or rooted in tacit knowledge. This Report features interviews with leading interpreters of Polanyi's thought, including Marjorie Grene, Richard Gelwick, Thomas Torrance, and Martin X. Moleski. Interviews with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dudley Herschbach, educator Steven Garber, and master violin makers Peter and Wendy Moes, along with readings from Michael Polanyi's books and correspondence, further illuminate his ideas. 2.5 hours $15.