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Organizational Theory and Aesthetic Philosophies

ISBN 9780367732257
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Diverse philosophies constitute the theoretical ground of the study of the aesthetic side of organization. In fact, there is not a single unique philosophy behind the organizational research of the aesthetic dimension of organizational life. Organizational Theory and Aesthetic Philosophies will illustrate and discuss this complex phenomenon, and it will be dedicated to highlight the philosophical basis of the study of aesthetics, art and design in organization.

The book distinguishes three principal "philosophical sensibilities" amongst these philosophies: aesthetic, hermeneutic and performative philosophical sensibility. Each of them is described and critically assessed through the work of philosophers, art theorists, sociologists and social scientists who represent its main protagonists. In this way, the reader will be conducted through the variety of philosophies that constitute a reference for aesthetics and design in organization.

The architecture of the book is articulated in two parts in order to provide student and scholars in philosophical aesthetics, in art, in design and in organization studies with an informative and agile instrument for academic research and study.

Table of Contents

PART I: Philosophy and Organizational Aesthetics

  1. Relevance of Philosophical Aesthetics in Organization Studies

  2. Polysemy, Mystery, Intensity

    Tacit Dimension of Knowing and Aesthetics

    The sublime and the Categories of Aesthetics

    Philosophy and the Aesthetic Study of Organization

    Interlude I: Poetry as manifesto N.2

  3. Organizational Lens, Art Photography and Creation Process

  4. Let’s Give a Chance to the Walls

    No Detail is Insignificant in Art Photography

    Perception and the Materiality of the Image’s Virtual Body

    Interlude II: Designing the bottle to own its water

  5. Art, Everyday Aesthetics and Organizational Theory

  6. Photography as a Metaphor of Organizational Aesthetics

    Philosophy of Art, that’s the Problem

    Art and Aesthetics in Eastern and Western Recent Philosophy

    Interlude III: Homage to Gaspare Traversi

    PART II: Three Philosophical Sensibilities

  7. Aesthetic Philosophy and the Aesthetic Approach

  8. Fundamental Characteristics of the Aesthetic Approach

    Phenomenological and Post-Humanistic Awareness

    Interlude IV: Riviera Mediterranea

  9. Practice and the Italian Aesthetic Philosophies

  10. Formativeness and the Aesthetic Approach

    Practice as a Trait of Italian Philosophical Aesthetics

    Interlude V: La dame, la licorne et le miroir

  11. Aesthetic, Hermeneutic and Performative Sensibility

Aesthetic Sensibility

Hermeneutic and Performative Sensibilities

Giving Form: Philosophical Sensibilities and Organizational Theory

Interlude VI: Homage to Niki de Saint Phalle

Epilogue: Playing with Philosophical Aesthetics to Understand Organization

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Antonio Strati is a senior professor of sociology of innovation and organization at the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Trento, Italy, and chercheur associé at i3-CRG, École polytechnique, CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay, France.


"The gentle way this book talks to us hints at the potential role of education in furthering the philosophical aesthetics of organizing. This kind of aesthetics philosophy, one more as education and practice than as research and theory, is what emerges forcefully from the friendly reunion of Dr. Strati with Mr. Antonio." --Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, published in Organization Studies


"Good books often offer no more than a single deep insight. Excellent books offer multiple insights, and great ones many more. By that standard, Strati’s little book (only 181 pages, including index) is excellent." --Paul C. Godfrey, Brigham Young University, USA, published in Administrative Science Quarterly