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Chapter 70: Aesthetic Play as an Organizing Principle
Aesthetic Play as an Organizing Principle
All right then, how do westart talking about aesthetic play as an organizing principle?
May be it seems bizarre, but I think we should start with Immanuel Kant.
But he's old and forgotten, not new and emerging.
Well then, we'd better discuss who the guy is, and why he matters for organization theory today.
OK, then I'd start by saying that he was the most important philosopher in the Enlightenment, and that he actually laid the groundwork for what we call aesthetic theory today by linking it closely with ethics.
And even though few people actually drag themselves through his rather dry and boring texts, it's worth our time to see how he built this bridge. Let me read ...