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From Empiricism to Hermeneutics Educational Leadership as a Practical and Moral Activity

From Empiricism to Hermeneutics Educational Leadership as a Practical and Moral Activity With the demise of the empiricist theory of knowledge and theincreased prominence of postempiricist and hermeneutical perspectives,it is clear that various aspects of our social lives includingeducational leadership should no longer be thought of in termsof technological or instrumental rationality and technical expertise.Although the current philosophical ferment allows for different ways torethink leadership, this article examines the implications of one schoolof thought philosophical hermeneutics for the researchon, and especially the practice of, educational leadership. The centralpoint is that this perspective, when interpreted in terms of how wethink of ourselves as persons, results in a conceptualisation ofleadership as a predominantly practical and moral activity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Educational Administration Emerald Publishing

From Empiricism to Hermeneutics Educational Leadership as a Practical and Moral Activity

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0957-8234
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000002467
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Abstract

With the demise of the empiricist theory of knowledge and theincreased prominence of postempiricist and hermeneutical perspectives,it is clear that various aspects of our social lives includingeducational leadership should no longer be thought of in termsof technological or instrumental rationality and technical expertise.Although the current philosophical ferment allows for different ways torethink leadership, this article examines the implications of one schoolof thought philosophical hermeneutics for the researchon, and especially the practice of, educational leadership. The centralpoint is that this perspective, when interpreted in terms of how wethink of ourselves as persons, results in a conceptualisation ofleadership as a predominantly practical and moral activity.

Journal

Journal of Educational AdministrationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1991

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