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Should we teach students to theorize? Classical Greek philosophy and the learning journey

Gaggiotti, Hugo; Simpson, Peter

Authors

Hugo Gaggiotti Hugo.Gaggiotti@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Human Resource Management



Contributors

Christopher Mabey c.mabey@mdx.ac.uk
Editor

Wolfgang Mayrhofer wolfgang.mayrhofer@wu.ac.at
Editor

Abstract

In this chapter we reflect on theorizing using Plato’s allegory of the Cave as a mythical representation of the journey to see the eidos, the Forms or Ideas, which Plato considered the most fundamental reality. The philosopher-as-theoros was not taught theories to apply but, by undertaking the philosophical journey, contemplated reality directly and then theorized the experience. We use this image as a metaphor for teaching Business School students to theorize – here we imagine the student-as-theoros.

Citation

Gaggiotti, H., & Simpson, P. (2015). Should we teach students to theorize? Classical Greek philosophy and the learning journey. In W. Mayrhofer, & C. Mabey (Eds.), Developing Leadership. Questions Business Schools Don’t AskSage

Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Developing Leadership. Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask
ISBN 9781446296110
Keywords theorize, theory, theoria, learning, Plato, business school
Publisher URL http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book243242?classification=%22Academic%20Books%22&subject=600&sortBy=defaultPubDate%20desc&fs=1#tabview=toc

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