1st Edition

Following Reason
A Theory and Strategy for Rational Leadership





ISBN 9781138650589
Published March 13, 2019 by Routledge
156 Pages

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Book Description

Throughout history, humanity has regularly followed anti-rational figures and forces: demagogic rulers, perverted deities, exploitative economic systems, and so on. Such leadership and followership have wrought all kinds of oppression and conflict. What if this pattern could be altered? What if society were led by Reason instead? Prompted by Cicero’s exhortation to "follow reason as leader as though it were a god", Following Reason: A Theory and Strategy for Rational Leadership explores this intriguing and potentially transformative possibility.

Manolopoulos uniquely blends leadership psychology with a deep understanding of philosophical reasoning theory to show how leaders can bravely reimagine and reconstruct society. The book retraces leadership mis-steps in history, and proposes a more "logicentric" theory of leadership, built on compelling philosophical axioms and arguments. Following Reason emphasizes the weight of philosophy and cognition in leadership, and advocates for a diverse network that can create, uphold, and implement a blueprint for a better global society.

This wide-ranging and timely book is ideal for leadership, management, and philosophy students at undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

 

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Chapter 1: DEFINING LEADING

Skepticism Toward Skepticism

Changing Situations

Maintaining Contested Situations

Chapter 2: DIFFERENTIATING LEADING FROM MANAGING

Distinguishing and Confusing the Two

History’s Glorified Managers

Chapter 3: FOREGROUNDING FOLLOWING

Reversal’s Value

Declaration of Interdependence

Chapter 4: RETHINKING REASON AS LEADER

From "The Thinker" to Epistocratic Democracy

From Platonic Epistocracy to Democratic Logicracy

Realizing Logicracy: On the Way to a Strategy

Chapter 5: FAITHFULLY FOLLOWING REASON

Toward a Quasi-Religious Following

Spreading the Good/Better News

A Skeptical Obedience

Logicracy’s People Power

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Biography

Dr Mark Manolopoulos is a Research Associate in Philosophy at Monash University, and a former Research Fellow at Swinburne University’s Leadership Institute. He is the author of Radical Neo-Enlightenment (2018), If Creation is a Gift (2009), editor of With Gifted Thinkers (2009), and the author of numerous scholarly journal articles and op-ed pieces.