Worldviews, Ethics and Organizational Life

Springer Verlag (2021)
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Abstract

This book provides an innovative way to revisit the depth and scope of our moral/post-moral worldviews, while undertaking an ontic reflection about organizational life. The ontic dimension of life refers to existing entities’ lived experiences. It has nothing to do with psychological and relational processes. The ontic level of analysis mirrors a philosophical outlook on organizational life. Unlike moral worldviews, post-moral worldviews oppose the existence of Truth-itself. Post-moral worldviews rather imply that dialogical relationships allow people to express their own truth-claims and welcome others’ truth-claims. The purpose of this book is to explain the philosophical implications of moral and post-moral worldviews and the way to move from a moral to a post-moral worldview. Moreover, this book explores the possibility to transcend the moral/post-moral dualism, through moral deliberation processes and a reinterpretation of the Presence of the Infinite in all dimensions of human life. This book could eventually help to better grasp the basic philosophical challenges behind ethical reflection about organizational issues.

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Moral Education and Organizational Life: Deepening the Meaning and Scope of a Moral Worldview

A moral worldview focuses on the existence of Truth-itself. In doing so, it proposes moral norms that strengthen a given interpretation of Truth-itself. Every virtue is thus closely linked to the existence of Truth-itself . Organizational members who endorse a moral worldview become the interpretati... see more

Technology and Instrumental Reason: Developing an Anti-technocratic Concern, or Moving from a Moral Worldview to a Post-moral Worldview

The shift from a moral worldview to a post-moral worldview is characterized by the deployment of an anti-technocratic concern. The notion of “subjective thinker” opens the way to the truth of appropriation and assimilation, while denying any worth to the inquiring subject’s absolute certainties. Car... see more

Rational Deliberation on Ethical Issues in Business: Overcoming Moral/Post-Moral Dualism and Promoting Mutual Understanding

The way beyond the moral/post-moral dualism requires deepening mutual respect and understanding, when being involved in dialogical processes. The moral/post-moral dualism mirrors tensions between moral norms and the quest for the ethical aim , and more precisely, between the existence and the inexis... see more

Overcoming Moral/Post-Moral Dualism and Enhancing the Presence of the Infinite: Endorsing a Non-dualistic Approach to Interreligious Dialogue in the Organizational Setting

The way beyond the moral/post-moral dualism implies a reinterpretation of the relation between morality and religions/spiritualities. The borders between Good and Evil remain ever-changing. However, the quest for the ethical aim is not absolutized. The absolutization of such existential quest can gi... see more

Being Responsible for Others: The Ontic Roots of a Moral Worldview

A moral worldview is based on our existential responsibility-for-others . Radical otherness is unsurpassable. It inevitably influences our project-to-be since any project-to-be is developed and deepened “in-front-of-others”. Intersubjectivity then represents an existential phenomenon that could stre... see more

Ideological Mindset and Meaninglessness: Developing an Anti-Totalizing Concern, or Moving from a Moral Worldview to a Post-Moral Worldview

The shift from a moral worldview to a post-moral worldview implies the development of anti-totalizing concern. The inexistence of Truth-itself relativizes the quest for happiness. Existential despair is then a possibility-to-be, particularly when we acknowledge the meaninglessness of all things, bei... see more

Introduction

This book analyzes the ontic dimension of organizational life, that is, the entities’ lived experiences in the organizational setting. The ontic dimension of organizational life should never be confused with psychological and relational issues since individuals’ lived experiences belong to the fact ... see more

Defining Moral and Post-Moral Worldviews

Moral worldviews presuppose the existence of Truth-itself. Dasein’s calls are closely linked to ontic quests . The endless quest for Truth-itself enhances moral normativity, while emphasizing self-transcendence processes. Post-moral worldviews imply that there is no Truth-itself. There are only Dase... see more

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