Organization: Ontological, Epistemological and Ethical Perspectives

October 31, 2014
VU University Amsterdam


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Date: 31-10-2014

Venue: Atrium, VU University, De Boelelaan 1105,1081 HV Amsterdam (


12.15: Doors open, including a small lunch


- Han van Diest (VU, Philosophy)

Ontological and Ethical Aspects of the Problem of Implementation of Organizational Design, Culture or Ethics.

- Duco Bannink (VU, Political Science and Public


Organization and Risk in Late Modernity?

13.50-14.30: Discussion and coffee break


- Onno Bouwmeester (VU, Management and Organization)

What Jokes can tell about Consultant Ethics

- Frits Schipper (VU, Philosophy)

Philosophical Reflections on ‘Integrated’ Value Creation

15.20-16.00: Discussion and coffee break


- Christian Krijnen (VU, Philosophy)

The Very Idea of Organization. An Idealist Account beyond Positivism, Social-Constructionism and Critical Realism

- Frank den Hond (VU, Organization Sciences)


16.50-17.00: Discussion

17.00: Drinks

In cooperation with colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, the master program 'Philosophy of Management and Organizations' of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, organizes a symposium on Organization – Ontological, Epistemological and Ethical Perspectives. Both philosophers and scholars from the other disciplines mentioned reflect on philosophical aspects of organization.

Three interrelated themes guide this reflection:

1. Epistemic issues concerning knowledge in and about organizations

2. Ontological issues concerning the fundamental characteristics of organization

3. Ethical issues concerning good organization


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