Cultivation of wisdom in the Theravada Buddhist tradition: implications for contemporary leadership and organization

Case, Peter (2013) Cultivation of wisdom in the Theravada Buddhist tradition: implications for contemporary leadership and organization. In: Küpers, Wendelin, and Pauleen, David J., (eds.) Handbook of Practical Wisdom: leadership, organization and integral business practice. Practical Wisdom in Leadership and Organization Series, 1 . Gower, London, UK, pp. 65-78.

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[Extract] Although by no means mainstream, there has been a growing interest in wisdom studies amongst Western scholars in recent decades. 1 This is an encouraging development in light of the general neglect of the concept, if not its outright eschewal, on the part of sciences and humanities which have been largely preoccupied with rational explanation and cognitive representation of human conduct in the post-Enlightenment period. Indeed, in the core discipline of philosophy, any serious inquiry into the practical dimension of wisdom, that is, study that extends beyond mere historical interest in the term, has been largely abandoned. This state of affairs is perhaps typified by John Kekes' terse essay on 'philosophy' in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy and his observation:

"Although wisdom is what philosophy is meant to be a love of, little attention has been paid to this essential component of good lives in post-classical Western philosophy. It is perhaps for this reason that those in search of it often turn to the obscurities of oriental religions for enlightenment. (Honderich 1995: 912)"

Item ID: 31590
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4094-3993-6
Keywords: workplace spirituality, Buddhist ethics, Theravada Buddhism, business ethics, religion and society
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 05:05
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory @ 75%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950409 Workplace and Organisational Ethics @ 100%
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