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The Tacit Logic of Ritual Embodiments

Rappaport and Polanyi between Thick and Thin

Robert E. Innis

Roy Rappaport’s attempted semiotic schematization of the logic of ritual, relying on analytical tools from C. S. Peirce’s philosophical semiotics, is examined in terms of both its conceptual coherence and its relation to other schematizations of ritual, especially Michael Polanyi’s thematization of a ‘tacit logic’ of meaning-making. The Peircean foregrounding of sign types (icons, indices, symbols) is compared to Polanyi’s delineation of an irreducible from-to structure of consciousness, rooted in the distinction between focal and subsidiary awareness, and to his further distinction between indication and symbolization as ways of relating to and effecting symbolic complexes, such as rituals. One of the startling upshots of this comparison is that the distinctions between ‘thick ritual’ and ‘thin ritual,’ and between art and ritual, become extremely labile. Examples from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philip Larkin, and Simone Weil illustrate this last point.

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On Ethnographic Games of Doubt and Certainty

Stephan Palmié

‘strains’ in received ‘constellations of absolute presuppositions’ have often been taken to presage Michael Polanyi, Thomas Kuhn or Paul Feyerabend's stronger theses about incommensurability. But while the history and philosophy of science may be a guide to

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Book Reviews

Lucy Baker, Paola Castañeda, Matthew Dalstrom, Ankur Datta, Tanja Joelsson, Mario Jordi-Sánchez, Jennifer Lynn Kelly, and Dhan Zunino Singh

book. Subsequently, in chapter 1, the presence of cycling in social theory is explored, with methodological approaches set out in chapter 2. At this point, it is interesting to observe how different theoretical contributions (from Michael Polanyi or

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Canary Science in the Mineshaft of the Anthropocene

Liza Grandia

older brother's (Karl's) work on political economy presciently valued Indigenous reciprocity and culturally embedded economy, Michael Polanyi drew attention to the prevalence of “tacit knowledge” within Western scientific systems. If we could strip

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Against Analogy

Why Analogical Arguments in Support of Workplace Democracy Must Necessarily Fail

Roberto Frega

9780511615849 Ferreras , Isabelle . 2017 . Firms as Political Entities: Saving Democracy Through Economic Bicameralism . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . 10.1017/9781108235495 Foley , Janice R and Michael Polanyi . 2006 . “ Workplace

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How Many Emotions Does Film Studies Need?

A Phenomenological Proposal

Julian Hanich

in a way that is characteristic of “what it is like to be afraid.” Using terms by Michael Polanyi (1967) , Thomas Fuchs (2019, 97 ) distinguishes the proximal and the distal component of affective intentionality: the proximal resonance of the body

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The Recovery of Ukraine

Social Quality in the Postwar Societal Space

Valeriy Heyets, Viktoriia Blyzniuk, and Olena Nykyforuk

, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, Frank Knight and Michael Polanyi, inspired by the philosopher Karl Popper, once believed in neoliberalism ( Phelan and Dawes 2018: 15 ). But what would an explanatory discussion about this difference in appraisal