What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life.

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Affectivity
      diversity in organizations
      embodied ethics
      freedom
      power
      recognition
      responsibility
      Spinoza
    • Abstract:
      Recent attempts to develop an embodied understanding of ethics in organizations have tended to mobilize a Levinasian and ‘im/possible’ ethics of recognition, which separates ethics and embodiment from politics and organization. We argue that this separation is unrealistic, unsustainable, and an unhelpful starting point for an embodied ethics of organizations. Instead of rescuing and modifying the ethics of recognition, we propose an embodied ethics of organizational life through Spinoza’s affective ethics. Neither a moral rule system nor an infinite duty to recognize the other, Spinoza offers a theory of the good, powerful and joyful life by asking what bodies can do. Rather than an unrestrained, irresponsible and individualistic quest for power and freedom, this suggests that we enhance our capacities to affect and be affected by relating to a variety of different bodies. We first scrutinize recent attempts to develop an ethics of recognition and embodiment in organization studies. We then explore key concepts and central arguments of Spinozian ethics. Finally, we discuss what a Spinozian ethics means for the theory and practice of embodied ethics in organizational life. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      1350-5084
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/1350508414558725
    • Accession Number:
      101214874
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      THANEM, T.; WALLENBERG, L. What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life. Organization, [s. l.], v. 22, n. 2, p. 235–250, 2015. DOI 10.1177/1350508414558725. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=101214874. Acesso em: 23 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Thanem T, Wallenberg L. What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life. Organization. 2015;22(2):235-250. doi:10.1177/1350508414558725
    • APA:
      Thanem, T., & Wallenberg, L. (2015). What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life. Organization, 22(2), 235–250. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508414558725
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Thanem, Torkild, and Louise Wallenberg. 2015. “What Can Bodies Do? Reading Spinoza for an Affective Ethics of Organizational Life.” Organization 22 (2): 235–50. doi:10.1177/1350508414558725.
    • Harvard:
      Thanem, T. and Wallenberg, L. (2015) ‘What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life’, Organization, 22(2), pp. 235–250. doi: 10.1177/1350508414558725.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Thanem, T & Wallenberg, L 2015, ‘What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life’, Organization, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 235–250, viewed 23 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Thanem, Torkild, and Louise Wallenberg. “What Can Bodies Do? Reading Spinoza for an Affective Ethics of Organizational Life.” Organization, vol. 22, no. 2, Mar. 2015, pp. 235–250. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/1350508414558725.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Thanem, Torkild, and Louise Wallenberg. “What Can Bodies Do? Reading Spinoza for an Affective Ethics of Organizational Life.” Organization 22, no. 2 (March 2015): 235–50. doi:10.1177/1350508414558725.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Thanem T, Wallenberg L. What can bodies do? Reading Spinoza for an affective ethics of organizational life. Organization [Internet]. 2015 Mar [cited 2020 Nov 23];22(2):235–50. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=101214874