De-mythifying Management - among others - Beyond Dislocation

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De-mythifying Management - among others - Beyond Dislocation

Is there a Difference between Experience and Its Description?

Authored by Panayotis Zamaros

This study seeks to inquire and establish what we generally consider axiomatic, that there is a difference between experience and its description. It is argued that this difference is due to the transfiguring and reductive elements in descriptive systems in their inability to capture the totality of experience. The application of two methods namely, the mythical origination and mythical validation, the latter approached self-directionally and other-directionally, contribute towards showing that this difference exists. The former approach assists not only in inquiring into how I personally have experienced and described this difference, but also, by considering only logically true propositions, help in the construction of a myth that describes the difference. The latter approach seeks to inquire how others experience this difference. This approach however suffers from distanciation relative to management experience, as one cannot be sure that that which is described by others is its true presentation, and therefore one can neither prove nor disprove the postulate that there is a difference. The findings of the self-directed approach require a presentation and therefore, the other cannot be sure it is its true presentation. The resulting in-decision is explained by a dual mechanism, of mythification as a tendency towards completeness and in-mythification, as a tendency towards in-completeness which co-exist as moments and functions of sensing, which is non-linguistic and positioned externally to apprehending which is linguistic. This however has prompted a paradox, in that on the one hand mythification is complete resulting in a mythic structure that is complete, while on the other the myth is unable to fully capture experience. This tension is present in the very mythic structure and generative mechanism, as a result of the logic of myths, and to avoid falling into the mythic grip, it is used to offer a strategy for undoing the logic of myth, that of de-mythification. The aim of this strategy is to target the mythical signifier, the sure signs, by creating a tension with other possible signifiers, an antagonism that precludes the myth from finding a vehicle for its existence because the myth, so to put it, hesitates. And so does the very myth that has been constructed in this paper, since neither the reader nor myself can be sure it is the true presentation of an experience.

Publication Date:
1492392669 / 9781492392668
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Business & Economics / Organizational Behavior

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