Purpose: To identify the Transcendental Essence of Humanity, the purpose of this paper is to describe in brief what kind of research became possible when the theory of, e.g. autopoiesis, Husserl’s Transcendental Consciousness and the theory of Rhodes and Thame came together to form a “transcendental” interview methodology. Design/methodology/approach: Critical conceptual implications are drawn to form a new research method to explore a de-subjectified inner domain and to search for a possible common essence of humanity. Findings: A Transcendental Emotional Reference was found practically alien to contemporary perspectives. Still, the reference governs the emotional structure of human experience. This different perspective answers basic questions of morality, organization theory and leadership. Research limitations/implications: The findings of the new research open a new and transparent perspective answering Grey’s question: “What is it to be human?” (Grey, p. 47, 2014.) A perspective shedding new light on the humanities. A research limitation is the number of respondents. Still, being transcendental the findings are theoretically valid for all. Originality/value: The paper is based on a unique research enabling 32+ (ongoing research) respondents to explore their own and universally shared Transcendental domain.

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Keywords Autopoiesis, Morality, Organization theory, Transcendental consciousness, Transcendental source of emotions, Veil of innocence
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1108/JOCM-01-2019-0006, hdl.handle.net/1765/122417
Journal Journal of Organizational Change Management
Goosseff, K.A. (2019). Innocent source of humanity. Journal of Organizational Change Management. doi:10.1108/JOCM-01-2019-0006