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Death and organization : Heidegger’s thought on death and life in organizations.

Reedy, P. and Learmonth, M. (2011) 'Death and organization : Heidegger’s thought on death and life in organizations.', Organization studies., 32 (1). pp. 117-131.


Mortality has not been given the attention it deserves within organization studies. Even when it has been considered, it is not usually in terms of its implications for own lives and ethical choices. In particular, Heidegger’s writing on death has been almost entirely ignored both in writing on death and writing on organizational ethics, despite his insights into how our mortality and the ethics of existence are linked. In this paper, we seek to address this omission by arguing that a consideration of death may yield important insights about the ethics of organizational life. Most important of these is that a Heideggerian approach to death brings us up against fundamental ethical questions such as what our lives are for, how they should be lived and how we relate to others. Heideggerarian thought also reconnects ethics and politics, as it is closely concerned with how we can collectively make institutions that support our life projects rather than thwart or diminish them.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Heidegger, Death, Ethics, Choice, Organization.
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Date deposited:03 July 2012
Date of first online publication:January 2011
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