UNDERSTANDING BATESON AND MATURANA: TOWARD A BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES*

@article{Dell1985UNDERSTANDINGBA,
  title={UNDERSTANDING BATESON AND MATURANA: TOWARD A BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES*},
  author={Paul F Dell},
  journal={Journal of Marital and Family Therapy},
  year={1985},
  volume={11},
  pages={1-20}
}
  • P. Dell
  • Published 1985
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
The attempts to clarify (purify) the conceptual foundations of family therapy by means of “epistemology” have bred excitement, boredom, irritation and confusion. In the belief that at least the confusion can be alleviated, the present paper is offered as a study guide and something of a Rosetta Stone for translating the work of Gregory Bateson and Humberto R. Maturana. The paper demonstrates that Maturana's work is highly compatible with that of Bateson. In addition, several major points of… 

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