Quotes

If there is anything else that I like, it is that I like reading books—but rarely got them finished. And to read a book is like to walk as a traveller: along the way, you will find interesting sceneries to be captured. If photography is the way to capture moments, then quote-o-graphy (if I can put it this way) is my way to capture beautiful words.


The highest form of renunciation is to renounce renunciation itself by outwardly appearing to do its opposite.
— Al-Ghazālī (pp. 162–163)

On Disciplining the Soul & Breaking the Two Desires by Al-Ghazālī (translated by T.J. Winter)

… learning becomes madness through the very excess of false learning.
— Foucault (1988, p. 25)
… self-attachment is the first sign of madness, but it is because man is attached to himself that he accepts error as truth, lies as reality, violence and ugliness as beauty and justice.
— Foucault (1988, p. 26)
If science is to be possible the world must consist of enduring and transfactually active mechanism; society must consist of an ensemble of powers irreducible but present only in the intentional actions of men; and men must be causal agents capable of acting self-consciously on the world
— Bhaskar (2013, p. 20)
... only with the appearance of a new generation can one properly speak of a social world.
— Berger & Luckmann (1967, p. 61)
For other researchers, trained to appreciate large sample sizes, random sampling procedures, reliability and validity measures, and statistical tests, a disdain for generalization is hard to comprehend: isn’t building theory, they ask, the goal of empirical research? What use is a study unless the goal is to understand what causes a phenomenon and to use that knowledge to predict, under appropriate conditions, what effects will occur? At the very least, shouldn’t one seek multiple, systematic comparisons to build generalizations within and across case studies of culture? … There is some tendency for a concern with generalizability to be congruent with an objectivist approach to representation, which in turn has some congruence with being-realism and a search for causal laws.
— Martin (2003, p. 403)

Meta-Theoretical Controversies by Joanne Martin, a book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory edited by Tsoukas & Knudsen

Academic institutions, after all, function as all institutions do: they provide closure to meaning, privileging particular ways of observing, thinking and arguing, and build particular reward systems around them. In that respect, it is only too easy to be seduced by a favourite theory and to dogmatically cling on to that which we are familiar and comfortable with.
— Tsoukas & Chia (2011, p. 4)

Introduction: Why Philosophy Matters to Organization Theory by Haridimos Tsoukas and Robert Chia, an introduction to Philosophy and Organization Theory edited by Tsoukas & Chia

It is in vain that we say what we see; what we see never resides in what we say.
— Foucault (1966, p. 10)

The Order of Things by Michel Foucault

However, the status of cultural analysis as a poor relation means that any attempt to deal with the problem of culture and agency is going to have to confront conceptual poverty as far as these entities are concerned and will have to forge many of its own tools en route.
— Archer (1996, p. xiii)
Constructionism thus impoverishes humanity, by subtracting from our human powers and accrediting all of them—selfhood, reflexivity, thought, memory and emotionality—to society’s discourse.
— Archer (1996, p. 4)
Ignorance, far more than knowledge, is what can never be taken for granted. If I perceive my ignorance as a gap in knowledge instead of an imperative that changes the very nature of what I think I know, then I do not truly experience my ignorance.
— Johnson (1989, p. 16)

A World of Difference by Barbara Johnson