Wonders without Wounds: On Singularity, Museum and Organisation

Ruud Kaulingfreks*, Sverre Spoelstra, René Bos

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

This paper consists of two parts. The first provides a philosophical history of the concept of wonder, taking Heidegger's reading of the Greek verb thaumazein ('to wonder') as its point of departure. It shows how the Greek sense of wonder, understood as a dwelling in the everyday, has changed over time. Wonder becomes understood as curiosity and amazement, and gradually turns into something suspicious in the modern age. The second part illustrates how the modern loss of wonder that Heidegger speaks of can also be seen in the history of the Western museum, in particular its transition from Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, to the birth of the modern museum at the end of the eighteenth centur y. The paper argues that the modern museum has developed a way of organising its objects that destroys their singularity, and that thereby the experience of wonder in the Greek sense of thaumazein is lost. The tentative conclusion suggests that the hostility to wonder as manifested in the modern museum can also be found in forms of modern organisation in general, and that it is embodied in organisational figures like the manager, the professional and the knowledge worker.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftManagement and Organizational History
Vol/bind6
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)311-327
Antal sider17
ISSN1744-9359
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2011
Udgivet eksterntJa

Emneord

  • Thaumazein
  • Wunderkammer
  • Singularity
  • Planning

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