Visual: looking at organization

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The philosophical significance of the visual extends beyond a consideration of the sense impressions from our eyes or an analysis of what we can see. Since the enlightenment, we claim that ‘seeing is believing’ and position sight as the primary way in which we engage with the world – in first-world ‘Western’ society at least (Berger, 1972). Thus the visual determines reality, becomes an arbiter of truth and is presumed to be the bedrock of valid knowledge far more than other sense data (Kavanagh, 2014). To investigate the visual is to ask how the very structure of human experience is organized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies
EditorsRaza Mir, Hugh Willmott, Michelle Greenwood
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780203795248
ISBN (Print)9780415702867, 9781134466016
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameRoutledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting


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