To Be or Not to Be a Dot? Philosophy of Management and the Subjective Body

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Part of the Ethical Economy book series (SEEP, volume 51)

Abstract

The Self has been the question of numerous studies in management that set a dualist and essentialist definition against a postmodern conception, which operates through successive detours and makes room for a divided and fragmented subject. Such investigations tend however to situate the question of Self alongside that of representation – notably by making use of images of managers, employees or leaders in order to better decrypt their respective self-identities. In opposition to these currents of thought, Henry erects an immanent and radical conception of the Self in life, in an onto-phenomenological territory situated upstream from identity and from reflexivity. In this paper, I present Henry’s material phenomenology as a first and critical philosophy of ontological monism, before delving deeper into his conception of the Self as a subjective body. Then, I draw some political and ethical lessons from this distinction and sketch out a few avenues for future research.

Keywords

Life Michel Henry Philosophy of management Self-identity Subjective body 

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  1. 1.ESCP EuropeParisFrance

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