Zen and Science

A Reply to Benson
  • Philip Bobko
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Abstract

For the most part, I think Professor Benson has captured the spirit of the four articles that he has reviewed. In particular, I believe he responsibly articulates my multilectic approach to social scientific knowing. However, I would like to indicate a few subtle misinterpretations-due, I believe, to Benson’s unwillingness to accept the Zen paradigm in toto. Secondly, I would like to expand on the possibility of an integration/coupling of our organizational research endeavors. Finally, I reiterate my conclusions and heartily support Benson’s conclusions regarding the epistemological nature of social science.

Keywords

Shrinkage Stein Metaphor 

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Bobko
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  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA

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