My argument is that thinking that leaves subjects out of the picture not only ignores the fundamental reality, but also does practical damage.
The “modern” world quickly abandoned Greek wisdom. Seventeenth-century scientists constructed a machine out of the sacred natural world and cosmos of the Greeks. Even humans started thinking like machines.
For me and my fellow Whiteheadians, the need to keep this kind of thinking alive was intensified by the global environmental crisis. The victory of value-free research disciplines has rendered universities more part of the problem than part of the solution.
Mark Dibbens is a professor of management at the University of Tasmania in Australia, where he focuses on the Philosophy of Management—a field with compelling relevance to ecological studies and environmentalism. Pando Blog editor Kevin Madden spoke with Mark over Skype in August.