The Business School in the Anthropocene: Parasite Logic and Pataphysical Reasoning for a Working Earth

Gasparin, Marta, Brown, Steven, Green, William , Hugill, Andrew, Lilley, Simon, Quinn, Martin, Schinkus, Christophe, Williams, Mark and Zalasiewicz, Jan (2020) The Business School in the Anthropocene: Parasite Logic and Pataphysical Reasoning for a Working Earth. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 19 (3). pp. 385-405. ISSN 1537-260X

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Abstract

We have entered the Anthropocene: a new geological epoch in which human activities,
led by business interests, have inexorably compromised the Earth System. The current
failure to provide a comprehensive and systematic response to this transition does not
result from a lack of reason, but is instead the manifestation of a generalized crisis in
communication. Drawing from the work of Michel Serres, we analyze how the roots of this
crisis lie with “parasite logic,” which has prevented reasoned responses to the Anthropocene. To work through this crisis, it is necessary to adopt different forms of reasoning and
imagination to reshape the rational basis of management education. We propose to do this
through an engagement with pataphysics, a science that subjects dominant modes of ra�tionality to a divergent thinking of the absurd and proposing playful forms of reasoning.
Pataphysics provides a mechanism for developing “imaginary solutions” to the current
situation, which can disrupt anthropocentric forms of reason and reasoning, and further
serve to slow down the endless cycles of inclusion and exclusion that arise from parasite
logic. Finally, we propose slow design as an example of an “imaginary solution” that comes
from this process of conceptual and practical deacceleration.

Keywords:Anthropocene, pataphysics, Parasite, Business management, Management Education
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:46997
Deposited On:10 Nov 2021 09:05

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