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Metatheories and Organizational Theory: A Pragmatic Response to Metatheoretical Uncertainty

Author(s): Stratos E. Ramoglou

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 23;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: belief/epistemic ethics | metatheory | organizational theory | post-analytic philosophy | organizational unconscious | social epistemology

Metatheoretical dilemmas about the nature of the social world often animate organizational theorists who purport to dissolve pertinent controversies along truth-laden lines of philosophical argumentation. The present paper acknowledges the inescapable uncertainty at this level of discourse to nonetheless resist taking the usual step according to which metatheoretical discourse should be abandoned as unhelpful, if not misleading, metaphysics. However, it also parts from traditional modes of metatheoretical defense to instead try to identify whether metatheoretical frameworks, beyond considerations of any possible cognitive merit in deciphering the nature of the world, may be of any use in making a desirable difference in the world. In developing a pragmatist defense of realist metatheories, we may explicitly value metatheoretical discourse from a novel standpoint and further delineate subtle conceptual relations between metatheory, theory, phenomenological acceptance, action and epistemic ethics.
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