Bachelard’s Backdoor to Happy Business School Phenomenology

Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Matilda Dahl, Jenny Helin

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Bachelard, a philosopher, helps introduce a phenomenological sensitivity to organizational investigations. The poetic and the scientific are two different but compatible aspects of organizing. By abandoning a science of organizing dominated by analytical philosophy that dominates US organization theory, we can reconnect to the continental traditions of Bachelard, as well as Husserl and Schütz. Phenomenology returns to questions of reason in lived experiences, forgotten when social science only focuses on instrumental rationality and artificial intelligence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Phenomenologies and Organization Studies
EditorsFrançois-Xavier de Vaujany, Jeremy Aroles, Mar Perézts
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9780192865755
ISBN (Electronic)9780191956508
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesOxford Handbooks


  • Poetics
  • Bachelard
  • Continental versus analytical philosophy in organizational phenomenology
  • Science
  • Poetry
  • Surrationalism
  • Oneiric experience
  • Husserl
  • Consciousness
  • Anti-psychology
  • Anti-sociology

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