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Journeying and the experiential gaze in research: Theorizing as a form of knowing

French, Robert; Gaggiotti, Hugo; Simpson, Peter

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Robert French

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Hugo Gaggiotti
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In this paper, we consider the implications of the ideas of journeying and the experiential gaze for research practice. We do so by drawing first upon Plato's allegory of the Cave as a representation of the journey of the philosopher to see reality, invisible and unknown, but constituting the underlying truth of what we experience through our senses. We use this as a metaphor for research as a journey of discovery. Recognizing that, for some, ancient philosophy may not provide the most convincing model for a consideration of research practice, we suggest that a parallel process is evident in the approach of the eminent British psychoanalyst, Wilfred Bion. We suggest that this metaphor offers a basis for understanding theorizing as a form of knowing that, while absent from a large proportion of modern scientific discourse, is again emerging in some recent developments in organizational research. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal Culture and Organization
Print ISSN 1475-9551
Electronic ISSN 1477-2760
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 3
Pages 185-195
Keywords research, philosophy, theorizing, mimesis, theoria, contemplation
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Additional Information Additional Information : Published on-line: 3 April 2014. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Culture and Organization in 2014, available online at:


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