July 24, 2024 - July 26, 2024
Henley Business School, University of Reading

United Kingdom


University of Southampton

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The role of organizational, political, and spiritual leadership in overcoming the “conflicts of modernity”

Alasdair MacIntyre’s work offers a critique of modernity and its corrupting effects in the spheres of economics, politics, and organizational life. It also offers a novel theoretical conception of virtues, practices, institutions, and goods. MacIntyre also addresses topics relevant to leadership, in its various guises, in his comparison of some socialist revolutionaries to capitalist managers, his critique of Weberian management, his suggestion that we all must learn to both rule and be ruled, and the closing remark in After Virtue about awaiting a new – doubtless very different – St Benedict. As a result, MacIntyre’s work promises to enable us to better understand how various organizations can contribute to society by extending beyond narrowly conceived efficiency imperatives, and by helping us to deal with polarizing issues and the conflicts of modernity. 

As such we invite contributions on such topics as:

Ethical leadership

Leadership and mentorship within practices

Education and leadership

Political leadership

Spiritual leadership

Leadership and MacIntyre’s critique of The Manager

Leaderless organizations

Philosophical perspectives on leadership

Leadership in public service organizations

Leadership and sustainability

Persons and personal action inspiring leadership against corrupting effects of late modernity

What we can learn from history: organizational, political and history of leadership; with a focus on both theory papers or historians’ analysis  of  case studies /periods in economic and business history which can inform concerns or broad themes in the work of MacIntyre.

We also welcome submissions related to any other aspect of MacIntyre’s work, as well as work that addresses broader themes which are also relevant to MacIntyre’s work – such as virtues, practices, work and human flourishing, the narrative unity of life, traditions, as well as areas of philosophy including moral philosophy, science and  epistemology, tradition-based enquiry, the ethical status of modernity, the relationship between ethics and metaphysics, and cross-cultural philosophy – from non-MacIntyrean perspectives which can inform and stimulate dialogues across traditions. 

Furthermore, in addition to the presentation of work in progress, we welcome presentations based on recently published work, to enable scholars interested in MacIntyre’s work to be kept abreast of relevant research in other disciplines.

Paper proposals of up to 500 words should be sent as an email attachment to [email protected].

Submissions Deadline

March 30th, 2024

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