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Having covered the primal, rational and developmental ground, we can now proceed to the realms of the metaphysical. In so doing we shall enter territory that has only explicitly been probed by management thinkers over the course of the last decade. Practising managers who plumb these depths range from engineer Alfred Nobel historically, to financier George Soros currently This chapter is the most philosophical one in this text. If you are particularly averse to abstract thought, and therefore find the chapter a struggle, try and stay with it. For it is vital to the text as a whole. These metaphysical roots stretch all the way from ancient wisdom (‘soft’), reaching down thousands of years, to modern physics (‘hard’) in the 1990s.