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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Heinz J. Kersting

To focus on the topic of ethics and responsibility, specifically on the ethical action of the social worker.

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Purpose

To focus on the topic of ethics and responsibility, specifically on the ethical action of the social worker.

Design/methodology/approach

Considers that while ethical questions are discussed in social discourse everywhere, social work in Germany seems to avoid a reformulation of deeply ethical premises. This is perhaps so, because ethics already are implicit in the actions of social work.

Findings

The author believes that the implicit dealing with ethics on the part of the social worker is similar to the “implicit ethics” of Heinz von Foester, which “cannot be articulated”, but are immanent in every action.

Originality/value

A consideration of the ethical responsibilities of the social worker.

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Kybernetes, vol. 34 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Wolfram Lutterer

Conceptual discussion of central viewpoints of Heinz von Foerster including parallels to the thinking of Gregory Bateson. Application to systems theory and social problems.

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Purpose

Conceptual discussion of central viewpoints of Heinz von Foerster including parallels to the thinking of Gregory Bateson. Application to systems theory and social problems.

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Analysis and discussion of selected publications of both authors.

Findings

Coining the term of “systemics” instead of “second‐order cybernetics”, limits of systemic thinking, flaws in ignoring these limits for example, in the systems theory of Niklas Luhmann.

Originality/value

Definition of “systemic”, parallels between Foerster and Bateson.

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Kybernetes, vol. 34 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Brian H. Rudall

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Kybernetes, vol. 34 no. 3/4
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ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Georg Ivanovas

A personal introduction to the Gregory Bateson memorial issue.

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Purpose

A personal introduction to the Gregory Bateson memorial issue.

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Outlines Bateson's work and the content of the memorial.

Findings

Connects Bateson's legacy with the work of current authors and the general problems the world faces today.

Originality/value

Describes the necessity to use ecological principles as presented by Bateson.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
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ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Nora Bateson

When the editors of this publication asked me to do a little editing for them, they also asked me to write a short piece for you about how my father's work has affected my…

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Purpose

When the editors of this publication asked me to do a little editing for them, they also asked me to write a short piece for you about how my father's work has affected my work as a filmmaker.

Design/methodology/approach

A short and informal note form Nora Bateson.

Findings

In the end it turns out, from my perspective at least, that the most important thing he said was nothing he said, (though a lot of it is inherently fascinating and hugely useful). What is truly important is how he approached EVERYTHING.

Originality/value

A personal look into how Gregory Bateson's ideas and his lifestyle worked together.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
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ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Gregory Bateson

This piece seeks to reflect upon the nature of adaptation and our usage of it with relation to design, addiction, and final cause.

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Purpose

This piece seeks to reflect upon the nature of adaptation and our usage of it with relation to design, addiction, and final cause.

Design/methodology/approach

This previously unpublished document was found amongst the manuscript papers for Mind and Nature in the Bateson Archives at the University of Santa Cruz Library Special Collections.

Findings

It appears that “adaptation” was a concept generated by lineal thinking and that as we move forward into a world of causal circuits, i.e. of mental process as that notion is here defined, we discover that “adaptation” is only another face of addiction.

Originality/value

It reflects on the issue of adaptation from a very different angle than in the usual scientific discourse.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
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ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Lucas Marian Pawlik

The paper is aimed at understanding and investigating Gregory Bateson's and Heinz von Foerster's peculiar relation to knowledge, the unknowable, and research. From this…

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Purpose

The paper is aimed at understanding and investigating Gregory Bateson's and Heinz von Foerster's peculiar relation to knowledge, the unknowable, and research. From this, the question of how to carry on their heritage is raised.

Design/methodology/approach

The whole paper is designed as an epistemological experiment starting from reflections on Gregory Bateson's metalogues and adopting a methodological style of reasoning. A strong focus is laid on the combination of loose and strict thinking which is characteristic of both Heinz von Foerster and Gregory Bateson.

Findings

In order to preserve and further develop their heritage, it is necessary to deal with Bateson's and Foerster's view(s) on the relations between the unknowable and the meaning of research. This has to be done in a manner in which epistemology and research become a personal as well ecological matter in which the relationship between the single individual and its greater context becomes explicit.

Research limitations/implications

This paper refuses to view science and cybernetics within predefined boundaries. It suggests that the form of science and its relations to the individual and the community should be viewed as processes of constant re‐generation.

Originality/value

The value of this paper lies in viewing the similarities of Bateson's and von Foerster's peculiar style as general guidelines for future research and an understanding of epistemology.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
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ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Gordon Feller

To demonstrate that Bateson's path‐breaking life and breakthrough thinking have directly (and indirectly) inspired a profound shift which has specific and practical…

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Purpose

To demonstrate that Bateson's path‐breaking life and breakthrough thinking have directly (and indirectly) inspired a profound shift which has specific and practical effects in the physical world – as well as in the world of ideas.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper describes an outstanding initiative inspired by Bateson's ideas and work.

Findings

Colombia's Gaviotas, situated far from the traditional centers of power and prestige, is the scene of an extraordinary whole system's experiment which is successfully applying Batesonian ideas in a harsh and troubled setting. Colombia is a country where environmental degradation, violence and instability are rampant. The paper examines some of the successes already achieved in Gaviotas, the path that lies ahead and the new opportunities being pursued by the Gaviotas project's developers. The paper attempts to understand how scientists are actively using Bateson's epistemology in their work.

Practical implications

This paper aims to enrich the Bateson memorial by demonstrating that cutting‐edge ecological thinking, as pioneered by Bateson, is being applied around the globe in ways both surprising and profound.

Originality/value

This paper identifies a unique attempt to manifest, in the most difficult circumstances, that Bateson's ecological concepts and values are not abstraction s and that change is a process which can occur in the most unlikely places.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Giovanni Madonna

The task is to report what with more details was exposed in one of the author's recently published works, and consist in trying to develop a new approach to psychotherapy.

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Purpose

The task is to report what with more details was exposed in one of the author's recently published works, and consist in trying to develop a new approach to psychotherapy.

Design/methodology/approach

The method of this research is to employ Gregory Bateson's epistemological models to acquire new ideas to think and practise psychotherapy.

Findings

In the course of the work it was found that, in a Batesonian perspective, psychotherapy can be considered, at the same time, ethical and aesthetic: ethical because one type of the therapist's action is founded on a conscious purpose; aesthetic because another type of the therapist's action is “spontaneous”.

Research limitations/implications

The practical implication of these reflections consist in the use of the Batesonian method of double description in psychotherapy.

Originality/value

The original value of the paper is that the ethical nature of Batesonian psychotherapy imposes two different types of responsibility on the therapist: the first concerns the actions he takes based on the extrovert purpose and the second concerns his actions with regard to the introvert purpose, which creates the conditions for the flow of “spontaneous” action.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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Publication date: 14 August 2007

Dmitry Fedotov

This paper aims to describe the author's efforts to translate and publish books by Gregory Bateson in the difficult conditions of post‐communist Russia.

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Purpose

This paper aims to describe the author's efforts to translate and publish books by Gregory Bateson in the difficult conditions of post‐communist Russia.

Design/methodology/approach

The story of this publishing project can be traced back to early 1980s and included the author's personal meeting with Michael Murphy during his visit to Moscow.

Findings

Describes the production of translated version of Bateson's works published in Russian.

Originality/value

Provides information of value to those interested in the human condition.

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Kybernetes, vol. 36 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0368-492X

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