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How Matter MattersObjects, Artifacts, and Materiality in Organization Studies$
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Paul R. Carlile, Davide Nicolini, Ann Langley, and Haridimos Tsoukas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671533.001.0001

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Otherness and the Letting-be of Becoming: Or, Ethics Beyond Bifurcation

Otherness and the Letting-be of Becoming: Or, Ethics Beyond Bifurcation

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How Matter Matters

Lucas D. Introna

Oxford University Press

Why should we value things beyond their instrumental value? Such a question makes sense in a bifurcated ontology in which the human being is valued in and of itself and non-human others are mostly valued with reference to the human. This chapter attempts to move beyond such a bifurcated ontology and ethics, raising the question of the possibility of an ethical encounter with things (qua things). It argues that we are the beings that we are through our entanglements with things; we are thoroughly hybrid beings, cyborgs through and through. It suggests, with Heidegger, that a human-centered ethics of hybrids will fail to open a space for an ethical encounter with things since all beings in the sociomaterial network—humans and non-human alike—end up circulating as objects, enframed as “standing reserve,” things-for-the-purposes-of the network. This suggests the need for an ethos beyond the bifurcated ethics of the Western tradition, which in turn requires a different ontology in which all beings reveal themselves as radically other. Drawing on Heidegger (and Harman’s interpretation in particular) the chapter develops an account of the radical otherness of things beyond our disclosure of them as this or that particular being. This radical otherness renders possible an ethos based on the Gelassenheit (releasement)—a poetic dwelling, which is a letting-be of things in their becoming. This is offered as a possible starting point for a new ethos of a “community of those who have nothing in common” as suggested by Alphonso Lingis (1994).

Keywords:   ethics, Heidegger, tool-being, dwelling, Gelassenheit

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