Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/27959
Appears in Collections:Management, Work and Organisation Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Stances, Paradigms, Personae
Author(s): Casler, Catherine
du Gay, Paul
Contact Email: c.v.casler@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: paradigms
personhood
knowledge
philosophy
organization
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Casler C & du Gay P (2019) Stances, Paradigms, Personae. Studi di Sociologia, 2019 (1), pp. 69-80. https://doi.org/10.26350/000309_000052
Abstract: This paper argues that paradigmatic thinking in organization studies has failed to treat personhood as a central problematic within the research enterprise and that this oversight underlies a number of seemingly intractable field-level problems. We emphasise the centrality of personhood to the development and exercise of knowledge via three distinct but complementary projects: Ian Hunter’s investigation into ‘the moment of theory’, Pierre Hadot’s exposition of ‘philosophy as a way of life’, and Bas Van Fraassen’s reconceptualization of philosophical positions as ‘stances’. The notion of ‘stance’ provides a means for assimilating and differentiating otherwise distinct paradigms and thereby circumvents debates about paradigm incommensurability or the theory-practice dualism. Rather, the shift from ‘paradigms’ to ‘stances’ enables us to re-classify the field of organizational analysis according to new values-based criteria such that practical relevance and ethical seriousness can be restored.
DOI Link: 10.26350/000309_000052
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this work in this Repository. Published in , Studi di Sociologia 2019 (1), pp. 69-80 by Vita e Pensiero: https://doi.org/10.26350/000309_000052

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