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Where does the name “Behemoth” come from, to call the 1919-1922 Polanyi’s manuscripts?

A unique source: Kari Polanyi-Levitt According to Kari Polanyi-Levitt, her father, Karl Polanyi, wanted to call (or called in private) “Behemoth”, his manuscripts written between 1919 and 1922, from the name of a legendary biblical creature. It is, at least, what we can read in Jérôme Maucourant’s article “Polanyi, reader Continue Reading

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Rudolf Steiner and Karl Polanyi

There are only a few writings showing intellectual links between Rudolf Steiner and Karl Polanyi. János Gyurgyák evokes, in his article “Karl Polanyi, Ozkar Jászi, at the Bécsi Magyar Újság”, that between 1921 and 1924, some earlier influences, as Tolstoy, Spengler and Steiner, kept inspiring him and Gyurgyák quotes a letter written Continue Reading

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Deutsches Leben und Schrifttum, a Strange Serie of Polanyi Lectures in 1939

Strange is the archive we can find in KPA 15/06, constituted by the syllabus and notes of a set of six lectures called „Deutsches Leben und Schrifttum” [litterally: “ German Life and Literature”]. Actually, those lectures given by Karl Polanyi between January and February 1939 for the “extended courses” of London Continue Reading

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