A Pragmatist Approach to Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Regret
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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Slegers, Rosa, "A Pragmatist Approach to Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Regret" (2012). Babson Faculty Research Fund Working Papers. 114.