Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity

ISBN: 0262692244
ISBN 13: 9780262692243
By: Charles Spinosa Fernando Flores Huebert L. Dreyfus

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"Spinosa, Flores, and Dreyfus have written a rich, ambitious book on the free enterprise system and the sort of democratic community it presupposes. "Disclosing New Worlds" also represents a new way of doing philosophy, a new way of looking at business and a new way of looking at democracy. The underlying style and spirit of the book is unabashedly Heideggerian, although it is written much more clearly and down to earth than that might suggest. Their discussion of search divers practical topics as the rise of feminism, the founding of the personal computer business and the success of Mother Against Drunk Driving is both insightful and profound, "practical" philosophy at its very best." -- Robert C. Solomon, Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Business, The University of Texas at Austin "Disclosing New Worlds" calls for a recovery of a way of being that has always characterized human life at its best. The book argues that human beings are at their best not when they are engaged in abstract reflection, but when they are intensely involved in changing the taken-for-granted, everyday practices in some domain of their culture--that is, when they are making history. History-making, in this account, refers not to wars and transfers of political power, but to changes in the way we understand and deal with ourselves. The authors identify entrepreneurship, democratic action, and the creation of solidarity as the three major arenas in which people make history, and they focus on three prime methods of history-making -- reconfiguration, cross-appropriation, and articulation. The book is filled with real-life examples of each kindof history-making. For example, the authors show how entrepreneurs like King Gillette not only change the material conditions of our lives but also effect new styles of behavior. The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving provides an example of how virtuous democratic citizenship can change the way in which a culture lives. And Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies the culture figure who cultivates solidarity by recovering a foundational practice that had been forgotten over time (in King's case, the practice of Christian love).According to the authors, there are two major perils to history-making in Western society. One is the Cartesian tradition, which celebrates stepping back from everyday life to understand the world on the basis of rational deliberation. Against this, the authors advocate an intense involvement in the anomalies of everyday life as a means to understand the world and the changes it needs. The second is the neo-Nietzschean tendency to embrace radical, individual change for its own sake. Now that anyone can log on to the Internet to try on a new personality, the authors argue, it becomes increasingly urgent that we retrieve our history-making skills, both in our everyday lives and in our public roles.

Reader's Thoughts

Matthew Horvat

I read and hear so much about innovation it looses meaning. What is innovation anyway? The authors say that innovation and (for lack of a better term) being the most happy are one and the same. The authors claim that life is best (we are most happy) when we are in the middle of a positive change in how we do things. Notice that it is "how" we do things, not "what" we do. So, for example, I enjoy teaching others what I know. There is a person I regularly interact with that doesn't appreciate being "taught". By only suggesting practices that are needed at the time, I've been able to reach this person. I had to change how I worked with her. Not what I did. This was an innovation and felt great. The authors provide the how to innovation that we are looking for. The ideas need time to cook. This is a book to read once through then think on the concepts for a year. Refer to the book to understand again what the authors are saying. Disclosing New Worlds is foundational for devoted students of human change. It belongs on the shelf next to other great philosophers. But practically, what innovation are you working on?


fantastic so far...helping to expand my perspectives on business/entrepreneurship - if this is what they taught in business school I'd apply in a heartbeat.

Joe Raimondo

A new model for analyzing organizational behavior.


Great reflective work on cross appropriating successful proven strategies and learning how to become a history maker servant leader in politics bringing forth solidarity to permanent human conditions and concerns. Great book and phenomenal depth of philosophical reflections for the challenges we face today.

Ricardo Roman

Abriendo Mundos es un valioso trabajo acerca de la capacidad de innovar y emprender más allá de los negocios, en la política y la cultura popular. Como “Understanding Computer and Cognition” es una merada crítica que trasciende la interpretación de los fenómenos humanos como gestión de información o conocimiento, y su enfoca en mirar los espacios sociales de prácticas y de apertura de posibilidades. Inspirado en Thomas Kuhn, ubica en la base del emprendimiento como transformación de la cultura (hacer historia) el compromiso con superar anomalías a partir de prácticas marginales. En este caso, incluye con fuerza la voluntad y capacidad de compromiso con un propósito como motor de la investigación y la invención. Lejos de ser un simple ordenamiento de información como lo propuso la tradición racionalista todavía predominante.

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