Netværkets metafysik: Værdi og metode i den kognitive kapitalisme

Frederik Petersen

Student thesis: Master thesis


In the context of a knowledge-based economy, where the creation of inventions is paradigm for success, the question businesses must ask themselves becomes this: How do we facilitate and manage our organization in a way that allows the inventions to keep on flowing and by that maintain a competitive edge? In this thesis I will try to investigate the limitations that regimes of best practices holds on the creation of new inventions, and investigate the possibilities and means to evade these limitations. My claim is, that introducing relational network theory as a metaphysical and cosmo-political idea, allows every intrinsic to become a reachable foundation for the creation of new trade of both human and non-humane objects inventions. Through the imitations of individual desires and beliefs, the organization as a reflection in a hall of mirrors is related to their unique trades and qualities. The problem resides in crystallization and economization of those trades. If an organisation wants to benefit fully from the whole potential that resides in desires and beliefs of its actors, it has to radically accept their equal right of power over the causality of all things. Gabriel Tardes two seemingly radical statements demonstrates this relationship :“The lesser is bigger then the whole”(Tarde, 1902: 23) and negation of the solipsistic idea “to be or not to be” is by Tarde changed into “to have or not to have” (Tarde 1902: xx) In other words, the definition of value is put in the middle of the battlefield of all those unique entities that reflect each other with a difference. Value is as such defined and condensed by those multicentric relations that reflect and intertwine in each other. In the knowledge economy, the role for every successful organisation becomes to adhere to the unravelling of those knots of desires and beliefs in order to adhere to them by innovating and leading on their unique and ontological definition of value.

EducationsMSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2011
Number of pages83