Witnessing and Organization: Existential Phenomenological Reflections on Intersubjectivity

Philosophy Today 54 (1):78-87 (2010)
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Abstract

This article draws in particular on existential-phenomenological notions of “witnessing.” Witnessing, often conceived in the context of testimony, obviously involves epistemological concerns, such as how we come to know through the experiences and reports of others. I shall argue, however, that witnessing as a mode of intersubjectivity offers understandings that involve questions about how people come to be. More specifically, I want to consider the positive potential of “witnessing” to disrupt intersubjective completeness or closure, particularly as this relates to work on organizing subjectivities, as well as, in the field of organization studies.

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Janet Borgerson
DePaul University

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