“A brilliant and comprehensive introduction to the most seminal component of leadership: wisdom. The diversity of the readings and wisdom of the authors make this a most original and valuable addition to the management canon.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader“This wonderful compilation proves that management is as much art as science, and that deep thinking can inform and inspire practice to be more humane, ethical, and, yes, wise.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End“If you'll forgive a pun, this is a wise book about organizational and managerial wisdom. It shows what's possible when some of our best thinkers turn their collective attention to such timely subjects as EQ, negotiation, global politics, and individual and organizational ethics.”—Steve Kerr, Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Past President of the Academy of Management“One of the ‘most promising’ forthcoming management books.”—EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENTOrganizes wisdom around the five primary philosophical branches—logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysicsApplies wisdom in organizations and management through international examples that synthesize a set of practical principles for academics and practicing managersOffers an outstanding collection of world-renowned scholars who give profound insights regarding wisdom

Interpersonal Metaphysics—“We Live in a Political World”: The Paradox of Managerial Wisdom

Interpersonal Metaphysics—“We Live in a Political World”: The Paradox of Managerial Wisdom

Interpersonal metaphysics—“we live in a political world”: The paradox of managerial wisdom

A fool who knows he is a fool is truly wise. A fool who thinks he is wise is truly a fool.

—Buddhist proverb

Philosophy is the love of wisdom (the philo of sophia). However, wisdom is not something that people necessarily have or live by. Our perspective of philosophy in this chapter is predominantly concerned with metaphysics—or, more precisely, the experience of being that preoccupied much of the ancient Greek philosophers’ thoughts, what Aristotle described as “first philosophy” or the study of “being qua being.” Metaphysically, the appropriate question to ask is not so much “what is wisdom?” as it is “what does ...

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