Understanding Gregory Bateson: Mind, Beauty, and the Sacred Earth

Understanding Gregory Bateson: Mind, Beauty, and the Sacred Earth

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by Noel G. Charlton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791474526

ISBN-13: 9780791474525

Pub. Date: 05/08/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Gregory Bateson (1904–1980), anthropologist, psychologist, systems thinker, student of animal communication, and insightful environmentalist, was one of the most important holistic thinkers of the twentieth century. Noel G. Charlton offers this first truly accessible introduction to Bateson’s work, distilling and clarifying Bateson’s understanding of

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Gregory Bateson (1904–1980), anthropologist, psychologist, systems thinker, student of animal communication, and insightful environmentalist, was one of the most important holistic thinkers of the twentieth century. Noel G. Charlton offers this first truly accessible introduction to Bateson’s work, distilling and clarifying Bateson’s understanding of the “mind” or “mental systems” as being present throughout the living Earth, in systems and creatures of all kinds. Part biography, part overview of the evolution of his ideas, Charlton’s book situates Bateson’s thought in relation to that of other ecological thinkers. This long-awaited volume opens up this challenging thinker’s body of work and introduces it to a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791474525
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/08/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics Series
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
948,006
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Sacred: A Poem xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction: Gregory Bateson, the Urgency of Our Ecological Crisis and the Possibility of "Grace" 1

Chapter 2 Bateson: The Man and the Growth of His Ideas 11

Chapter 3 Mind and Bateson's Claims: The Living World is Organized by Minds 31

Chapter 4 The Evolution of Bateson's Thought about Aesthetics: The Earlier Years 69

Chapter 5 Aesthetics, Ecology, and the Path Toward Grace 101

Chapter 6 Aesthetic Engagement and the Grace of Relatedness 137

Chapter 7 Bateson and The Sacred 159

Chapter 8 Wise Action? 209

Appendix Table of Lifetime Events and Publications 225

Notes 243

Bibliography 249

Index 273

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