The togetherness of togetherness and separateness: some reflections on ASC/B.I.G. 2012

John Campbell Colin (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Publication date: 11 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to set out an analysis of Gregory Bateson's thought about the relations between parts and wholes, between separateness and togetherness in order to illuminate the kind of answers Bateson proposed to the contemporary ecological dilemma.

Design/methodology/approach

It roughly situates discourses of the “enchantment” of nature on the side of togetherness and discourses of scientific disenchantment on the side of togetherness.

Findings

The essay looks at Bateson's discovery that neither separateness nor togetherness can ever be thought of without the other as an indication of the limits of both disenchantment and enchantment, and it suggests that awareness of these limits enables ecological insight.

Originality/value

The essay proposes a broad summary of a general problem in Gregory Bateson's epistemology and shows how it emerges in political, social and ecological space.

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Citation

John Campbell, C. (2013), "The togetherness of togetherness and separateness: some reflections on ASC/B.I.G. 2012", Kybernetes, Vol. 42 No. 9/10, pp. 1361-1366. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2012-0066

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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