Intersubjectivist Theory and Leadership

Mick Fryer

in Ethics and Organizational Leadership

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199590186
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724947 | DOI:
Intersubjectivist Theory and Leadership

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This chapter describes Jürgen Habermas' approach to intersubjectivism, presenting his theories of communicative action and discourse ethics as a response to his own earlier call for a form of rationality that is suited to critical social theory. Some implications that Habermas' ideas hold for leadership are considered. A number of practical and conceptual challenges to Habermas' conclusions, which have been offered by writers who broadly share his intersubjectivist commitment, are outlined. These challenges are used to augment the understanding of intersubjectivist leadership already presented. The chapter ends with some general reflections concerning moral philosophy and leadership, which have been garnered from the three chapters of Part II.

Keywords: communication; communicative action; discourse ethics; ideal speech; intersubjectivism; facilitation; Habermas; leadership; mediation

Chapter.  11610 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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