Editor's note: This paper was read at the fourth annual University of Dayton Philosophy Colloquium, held in 1974.

Michael Polanyi capsulizes his understanding of man’s knowing activity by the phrase “personal knowledge.” In order to understand any subordinate theme, e.g., commitment, which he treats, one must first have some appreciation of the force of his central theme, namely, the “personal” feature that is present in our knowing.

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