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Symposium on the phenomenology of technology & organising

This event aims to bring together a number of people, from a diversity of disciplinary backgrounds (including philosophy, management/organisation studies, information systems, psychotherapy/coaching), who share a common interest in phenomenological traditions of thought and their application to understanding issues around technology and organising in the contemporary world.

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Feb 11, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM


E117, UCD Smurfit School of Business, Blackrock

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The purpose of the symposium is to foster productive dialogue amongst participants, with a view to conceptual development and general edification. In particular, the aim is to promote learning conversations amongst those ‘doing’ philosophy, empirical social science, and consultancy in organisational contexts. The symposium will be structured around a number of short presentations by philosophers, social scientists and practitioners, which will outline some of their current preoccupations and work in progress. Contributors will include:

  • Seán Dorrance Kelly (Theresa G. and Ferdinand F. Martignetti Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University)
  • Dermot Moran (Professor of Philosophy, UCD)
  • Lucas Introna (Professor of Organisation, Technology and Ethics, Lancaster University)
  • Charles Spinosa (Director, VISION Consulting)
  • Geoff Pelham (Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, and Research Director, Novum UK)
  • Adrian MacKenzie (Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University)
  • Joseph Dunne (Professor of the Philosophy of Education, St Patrick’s College)


2-3:45pm: SESSION 1

2:00-2:15: Welcome and introductory remarks

2:15-2:45: Seán D. Kelly “The phenomenology of skill - how skills reveal meaningful aspects of the world that one couldn’t notice otherwise”

2:45-3:15: Dermot Moran “The more I practice the luckier I get: reflections on expert skill acquisition"

3:15-3:45: Lucas Introna & Séamas Kelly (& Martin Brigham) “Reflective practice: towards a performative account”

4:15-6:30pm: SESSION 2

4:15-4:45: Charles Spinosa “Heideggerian time management: the popular account”

4:45-5:15: Donncha Kavanagh “The Real, the Symbolic, the Imaginary …. and the Shambolic”

5:15-5:45: Geoff Pelham “Heidegger and phenomenology: reshaping my practice as a coach and coach educator“

5:45-6:00: Concluding reflections and close