Coaching og Ricoeur: En refleksion over selvets konstitution

Per Sander Pedersen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The present master thesis is primarily a theoretical analysis of the meaning and function of the self in organizational coaching. Secondarily, it is a theoretical analysis of the meaning and function of the self in the discourse of society, which forms the base from which the practice of organizational coaching stems. The theoretical foundation for the analysis is found in Paul Ricoeur (1992), who advocates a reflective self which is not immediately accessible for inves-­‐ tigation. This is due to the fact that a reflective self is considered unable to be formed or understood in a discursive formation, ie. it cannot be described or articulated unambiguously in or by language. Ricoeur sees the self as the aspect in each person that speaks, acts, narrates and is morally and ethically imputable. The reason for this is that without a reflective self one cannot in a sufficient manner explain the above-­‐mentioned capacities. Ricoeur’s idea of a re-­‐ flective self is the theoretical foundation for a critical analysis of the implicit assumptions on the constitution of the self which can be found in literature on organizational coaching. This leads to the main argument of the present master thesis, which is that organizational coaching is based on a range of assumptions which result in a misjudgement of the complexity and am-­‐ biguity of the self. The hypothesis is that the mismatch between Ricoeur’s idea of a reflective self and the idea of the self, which is found in the practice of organizational coaching, causes an alienation of the employee, who is not seen as an autonomous subject but rather as a controllable object.

EducationsMSc in Philosophy, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageDanish
Publication date2015
Number of pages88