The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship

The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship

A Fourth Movements in Entrepreneurship Book

Edited by Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

This fourth book in the New Movements in Entrepreneurship series focuses on the politics and aesthetics of entrepreneurial processes, in order to shed light on entrepreneurial creation itself.

Chapter 11: Metamorphoses in Entrepreneurship Studies: Towards an Affirmative Politics of Entrepreneuring

Richard Weiskopf and Chris Steyaert

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, organisation studies


11. Metamorphoses in entrepreneurship studies: towards an affirmative politics of entrepreneuring Richard Weiskopf and Chris Steyaert I name you three metamorphoses of the spirit: how the spirit shall become a camel, and the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child. (Nietzsche [1886] 1969, p. 54) NIETZSCHE’S THREE METAMORPHOSES Can a parable as an aesthetic genre help us to write an analysis, critique and fabulation of a politics of entrepreneurship studies? This is what we try in this reflection. We draw upon Nietzsche’s aesthetic style of philosophizing (as he used to write in poems, fables, aphorisms, metaphors and less usual textual forms) to say something about the concepts, stances and forms of policy-making that might ‘metamorphose’ or trans-form the field of entrepreneurship in new versions, shapes and images.38 In the story of Zarathustra and the three metamorphoses, Nietzsche starts rather at the end, as human and educational development is not seen so much as a matter of a tabula rasa or a fresh beginning but rather as a condition of being loaded by (scientific and worldly) tradition, as an exercise in getting familiar with (the history of) ways of thinking. He creates the image of the camel or of all those who move around with heavy loads of conventions and values that might help them to take part or function in a certain context but that also retain them in thinking and doing anew. The metamorphosis from camel to lion creates the possibility of questioning...

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