A Pragmatist Approach to Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Regret


Now published:

Slegers, Rosa. "A Pragmatist Approach to Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Regret" American Pragmatism and Organisation Studies. Ed. Mihaela Kelemen, Ed. Nick Rumens. UK: Routledge, 2012. Print.

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This essay offers a philosophical perspective on the concept of “emotional intelligence” as it is commonly understood and explores the temptation to use this concept to simplify, categorize or reject “irrational” sensations. William James’s pragmatism shows that the acknowledgement of “emotional vagueness” in general, and a common form of regret in particular, makes a difference in our experience (a pragmatist requirement) and enriches the decision making process by resisting the intellect’s simplifying, labor-saving inclinations. It is argued that the current debate around emotional intelligence calls for the attitude described by James as “tough-minded empiricism.”

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