‘Action Philosophy’: Philosophical Inquiry, Professional Development and Organizational Change

Authors

  • Stefano Oliverio University of Naples Federico II

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19245/25.05.of.01.06.22

Keywords:

Reflective practitioner;, Community of Philosophical Inquiry;, Theory of Action, Complex Thinking, Matthew Lipman, Donald Schön, Learning Organization

Abstract

In the present paper, I will explore whether and in what sense philosophical inquiry can be deployed in organizations as a pedagogical vehicle to promote reflective professionalism and a learning-oriented approach to organizational practices. This investigation will unfold in two steps: first, it will be argued that the contemporary “practical turn” in philosophy has enabled us to rediscover its intimate relationship with education and, thereby, has turned it into a possible pivot for the reconstruction of organizational practices; and, secondly, rather than reading “philosophy in organizations” from the perspective of philosophical counselling I will propose a pedagogical hypothesis that dovetails – under the aegis of the thought of John Dewey – Donald Schön  and Chris Argyris’s theory of action with Matthew Lipman and Ann Sharp’s approach of the community of philosophical inquiry. I will maintain that the latter may represent a major resource to promote a transformation of the meaning perspectives of organizations and of practitioners therein working along the lines indicated by Schön and Argyris.

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Published

2022-06-01

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Oliverio, S. (2022). ‘Action Philosophy’: Philosophical Inquiry, Professional Development and Organizational Change. PuntOorg International Journal, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.19245/25.05.of.01.06.22