Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? A stoical perspective on personal knowledge management

Case, Peter, and Gosling, Jonathan (2011) Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? A stoical perspective on personal knowledge management. In: Pauleen, David J., and Gorman, G.E., (eds.) Personal Knowledge Management: individual, organizational and social perspectives. Gower Publishing, Farnham, UK, pp. 17-41.

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[Extract] Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? Eliot (1985 [1934], 7)

This extract from the chorus of T.S. Eliot's The Rock captures rather elegantly the problematic that we wish to address in this chapter. For developed and developing economies alike, information seems to have been elevated to a status that has no historical precedent. Continuing an exponential trend facilitated by innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) that began in the latter part of the twentieth century, the information revolution continues apace. Information saturates our lives. It proliferates at speeds and in quantities that quite literally boggle the individual and collective mind, invading every sphere of activity in an inexorable colonization of private and public spaces. These trends have tempted some authors, quite reasonably it might seem, to view information as a defining characteristic of emerging 'information societies' (Castells 2000) populated by 'knowledge workers' (Drucker 1999) who occupy roles in 'infomated organizations' (Zuboff 1988). Quite often, as in the case of the authors just cited, the information revolution is understood as heralding liberating potential for individuals, organizations and societies. It offers new freedoms and possibilities for personal exploration, reflection, education and collective organization (through virtual interaction, virtual teamwork, virtual organization, and so on). Proponents of the liberating possibilities of the Internet and World Wide Web also point to the prospect of a collective ICT-mediated politics, with promises of enhanced participative democracy, shared decision-making, mass involvement and so forth.

Item ID: 21014
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-566-08892-6
Keywords: leadership studies, philosophy, virtue ethics, stoicism
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2012 04:09
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