The architectonic governance relation in natural persons and artificial (organisational) quasi-persons: a basis for business ethics and an obstacle to eliminative materialistic reductionism?

David Ardagh

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Social and organisational applications of the architectonic relation are most familiar, but the paradigm case of the relation describes a human persons’ control via mind/will of their other capacities, such as speech, sight, and movement, for the sake of their wellbeing. It is applied analogically to intra- and inter-relations of organisational entities. This teleological relation is part of the human datum and explanandum for natural/social science. An architectonic analysis of the datum presents problems for the project of reductive materialist explanation of mind/will and organisation. The reductionist must reconfigure human and organisational architectonics as working from the “bottom-up,” via brain and nervous system events, governed by physical laws alone. This implausibly entails the denial of traditional concepts of free will/choice, in favour of physicalist compatibilism. The case for dualism or “trialism” in Philosophical Anthropology, and for traditional Ethics/Business Ethics, is strengthened by applying the analysis of “architectonic” to the mind/body explanandum, drawing on organisation theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-490
Number of pages13
JournalThe Business and Management Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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