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By Bradford Keeney

The elemental drawback of psychotherapy is switch. whereas practitioners are consistently greeted with new techniques, options, courses, and interventions, this booklet argues that the whole merits of the healing strategy can't be discovered with out primary revision of the concept that of swap itself. using cybernetic inspiration to relatives treatment, Bradford P. Keeney demonstrates that traditional epistemology, during which reason and impression have a linear dating, doesn't sufficiently accommodate the reciprocal nature of causation in event. Written in an unconventional sort that comes with tales, case examples, and imagined dialogues among an epistemologist and a skeptical therapist, the quantity provides a philosophically grounded, ecological framework for modern scientific perform.

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In this process the therapist's knowledge can be constantly recycled and modified in order that he m a y know how to act. FUNDAMENTALS OF EPISTEMOLOGY / 29 ORDERS OF RECURSION Whether one is speaking of language, description, explanation, theory, or epistemology, discussion of these topics is often structured in terms of levels, strata, order, or frames or reference. Having a theory about theories or a description of descriptions involves differences in logical frames of reference. T o mark a distinction in space is to indicate two different levels —for example, an inside and outside.

163) F U N D A M E N T A L S OF EPISTEMOLOGY / 25 This idea, identified as "the punctuation of the sequence of events" by Watzlawick, Beavin, and Jackson (1967, p. 54), is analogous to Spencer-Brown's concept of indication. , "this," "I," "us"). As Goguen and Varela (1979) note, "It is the very purpose of the distinction to create this indication" (p. 32). , Korzybski, 1973) have demonstrated, language is a tool for imposing distinctions upon our world. Given a language system, w e make choices regarding the patterns we discern.

Let m e say that / don't know how to think that way. Intellectually, I can stand here and give you a reasoned exposition of this matter; but if I a m cutting down a tree, I still think "Gregory Bateson" is cutting down the tree. / a m cutting down the tree. "Myself'is still to m e an excessively concrete object, (p. 462) We are, therefore, caught in a state of transition. The sense of being caught between two "realities" is evoked by lines from Matthew Arnold's "Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse": Wandering between two worlds, one dead.

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