The organization of philosophy and a philosophy of organizations

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The chapter begins by establishing the absence of organizations in the organization of philosophy as a specialist academic discipline. The second section highlights the reasons why this gap is detrimental to philosophical inquiries. The third section seeks to clarify how philosophy, as a type of theoretical inquiry, can contribute to the study of organizations. Three basic features are proposed as underpinning the philosophical method. Hegel’s social theory is then put forward as an exemplary model of what a philosophical account of organizations might achieve. The fourth and final section shifts the perspective to focus on the life of individuals in organizations. Following a recent book combining post-Hegelian critical theory and Christophe Dejours’ psychodynamic approach, the paper highlights important aspects of individual and collective work that lead to a cooperative conception of management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of philosophy of management
EditorsCristina Neesham, Steven Segal
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319483528
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks in Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2524-4361
ISSN (Electronic)2524-437X


  • Organisations
  • organisation studies
  • Management -- Philosophy
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831
  • Christophe Dejours
  • Philosophy


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