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Thinking Flat Out: Back to Bateson

Henry Sussman

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Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232833
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823232833.003.0009
Thinking Flat Out: Back to Bateson

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The openness of Bateson's thinking is nowhere more evident than in his reconstitution of the impasses in family life that result in schizophrenia and severe personality disorders. Bateson's lifelong mission was to explore how the systematic arrangements of societal life could be rendered more humane. Indeed, the highest aesthetic value emerging from Bateson's thinking and art is a privileged domain for testing and delimiting systematic claims that cultural pleasure can be taken from asymmetries in conceptual work, inconsistencies in the grain or scale of inquiry, and disruptions to trains of thought that are too consequential. It is important also to note that there were repercussions to what amounted to a strategic choice and drift regarding the appeal to non-Western cultures as they would be transcribed and documented by the social sciences.

Keywords: Bateson; schizophrenia; personality disorders; life; cultural pleasure; humane; social sciences

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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