DISPOSITION TOWARDS KNOWLEDGE AND EVIDENCE
To become Practically Wise one must develop a certain ‘Disposition towards Knowledge & Evidence’ – you must become CCcritical.
*You must become Critical with a ‘big C’
Beyond this philosophical sensitivity the Mindful Manager must also be mindful of the super-ordinate framing/global assumptions that found the ideologies that dominate our thinking – particularly in the domain of business – Science, Economics, Money, Markets and Capitalism.
*You must become Critical with a ‘middle C’
*You must become critical, with a ‘little C’
The last element of criticality noted above arises in many guises. You will often see it termed Critical Thinking, Analytical Thinking & Argumentation. In this module, we will use its more ancient, but everyday label – Reasoning – as it is all about that – having reasons for and against things – you should buy our product not their’s because…, we should invest in this country because…, etc. etc. It is the most fundamental of the three capabilities that you must develop in your pursuit of Practical Wisdom. [Reasoning Capability]
In this area – ‘Disposition towards Knowledge & Evidence’, we focus on developing ‘big C’ and ‘middle C’ criticality. If you are to be practically wise you must come to understand both the epistemic and intellectualist fallacies – the contention that there could be such a thing as a social ‘science’, and that the outputs of this academic endeavour could un-problematically inform our practice and choices.