Stances, Paradigms, Personae


Casler C & du Gay P (2019) Stances, Paradigms, Personae. Studi di Sociologia, 2019 (1), pp. 69-80.

This paper argues that paradigmatic thinking in organization studies has failed to treat personhood as a central problematic within the research enterprise and that this oversight underlies a number of seemingly intractable field-level problems. We emphasise the centrality of personhood to the development and exercise of knowledge via three distinct but complementary projects: Ian Hunter’s investigation into ‘the moment of theory’, Pierre Hadot’s exposition of ‘philosophy as a way of life’, and Bas Van Fraassen’s reconceptualization of philosophical positions as ‘stances’. The notion of ‘stance’ provides a means for assimilating and differentiating otherwise distinct paradigms and thereby circumvents debates about paradigm incommensurability or the theory-practice dualism. Rather, the shift from ‘paradigms’ to ‘stances’ enables us to re-classify the field of organizational analysis according to new values-based criteria such that practical relevance and ethical seriousness can be restored.

paradigms; personhood; knowledge; philosophy; organization;

Studi di Sociologia: Volume 2019, Issue 1

Publication date31/12/2019
Date accepted by journal02/05/2018