The missing subject found in the subject who does the thinking: Kierkegaard, the ethical and the subjectivity of the critical theorists
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2011
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Business Ethics: A European Review
Special Issue: Where is business ethics?
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 304–315, July 2011
How to Cite
Woźniak, A. (2011), The missing subject found in the subject who does the thinking: Kierkegaard, the ethical and the subjectivity of the critical theorists. Business Ethics: A European Review, 20: 304–315. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8608.2011.01630.x
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2011
The project of critical management theory is based on a view of a theorist who intervenes in the activity of managers and employees aiming at their emancipation. It involves an image of subjectivity governed by structural determinants that render the subject incapable of freeing himself without a scholar's involvement. In the discussion that follows, I seek to explain how this image has been developed and how it paved the way to ethical–methodological necessity, which obliges the theorist to intervene in the realities of the objects of their study. I contrast this with a view of subjectivity provided by Søren Kierkegaard. I explain how he theorizes its relationship with the ethical and the limitations in generating knowledge claims about the morality of the other.