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Nigel Nicholson

In: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Chapter 17: Individual Metaphysics—the Getting of Wisdom: Self-Conduct, Personal Identity, and Wisdom Across the Life Span

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Individual Metaphysics—the Getting of Wisdom: Self-Conduct, Personal Identity, and Wisdom Across the Life Span
Individual metaphysics—the getting of wisdom: Self-conduct, personal identity, and wisdom across the life span

Metaphysics is concerned with the nature and origins of existence. This makes it a reflexive human enterprise, invoking questions about the nature of mind, identity, and perception of reality through time and place. These are interesting and deep questions, but what, one may ask, have they got to do with organizations and management?

Two answers form the justification for this chapter and perhaps even for this volume. First, given that wisdom is a valued commodity in business as anywhere else, we need to be assured that we are not chasing shadows, that is, that the concept has some genuine ...

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