Philosophy

If you want answers, don’t bother with philosophy. It has been defined as a blind man in a totally dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there at all.

You may detect some references within the posts in this blog to works of philosophy, either as specific texts or in the form of fiction. It is unfortunate that such a rich legacy of thought is often – wrongly – set aside when considering matters of work, the workplace, management, change and organisation. We seem all too ready instead to reach for the latest MBA (Management Book on Amazon).

Having at varying times been absorbed by the works of the likes of Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Marx, Dostoevsky, Camus, Sartre, Rousseau, Kropotkin, Montesquieu, Hobbes and Kafka, I can usually be assured of a frame of reference for issues I am wrestling with. For instance, consider that the clearest understanding of change to this day was offered by Heraclitus in Ancient Greece.

What you will find in philosophy is perspective, context, inspiration, challenge, and a sprinkle of genius. You may also find the words – or pictures – you have been looking for to unlock the tangled thoughts in your mind.

A philosophy lecturer of mine once said that he found it impossible to deal with the thought that the life of the person he was standing next to at the bus stop was so comprehensively influenced by the work of Kant, but that in all probability the stranger had never even heard of him.

If you hadn’t before, you have now.

 

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