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Reason's NeglectRationality and Organizing$
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Barbara Townley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298358.001.0001

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Embodied rationality

Embodied rationality

(p.159) 8 Embodied rationality
Reason's Neglect

Barbara Townley

Oxford University Press

The subject is not only situated, embedded, within a specific context but is also a corporeal, embodied subject. An embodied rationality recognizes that rationality and the knowledge that it informs cannot be divorced from the physical reality of the individual who reasons. An embodied rationality encompasses three dimensions: the body, the emotions, and the ‘irrational’ unconscious. Their locus is the body. Each introduces a different avenue through which an event or circumstance may be rendered rational or reasonable. This chapter outlines the role of each and their place in organization studies.

Keywords:   body, embodied thinking, embodied knowledge, emotions, irrational unconscious

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