A Legacy for Living Systems pp Cite as. Gregory Bateson intended his posthumous book Angels Fear as an approach to the scientific explanation of natural phenomena in the living world based on cybernetics that would not be so narrowly mechanistic that it triggers a fundamentalist reaction. This issue is newly urgent in the contemporary context of global religious conflict, resurgent fundamentalism, and the intelligent design debate. A redefinition of mind in terms of process and organization sufficient to analyze both evolution and learning, and an application of the Russellian theory of logical types to explanatory systems are central to his approach. Unable to display preview.

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Building on theories from his acclaimed Mind and Nature, Bateson goes beyond his earlier milestone work in this inquiry into the essence of science and the importance of the "sacred" in the natural world.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book is very interesting as it approaches religion in a system theory way but crossing boundaries between different sciences in an enlightening manner. Even if you don't agree with some of the directions his thinking takes, the approach is very out-of-the-box and can give you a new way of approaching other areas in life.

The mechanisms of mind he uncovers are simple yet capable of giving profound insights into our world. The book is hard to get through at times but it is definitely worth the This book is very interesting as it approaches religion in a system theory way but crossing boundaries between different sciences in an enlightening manner.

The book is hard to get through at times but it is definitely worth the effort. This was Gregory Bateson's last book, which was still in manuscript at the time he died, in His daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, who had been working with him for many years on his ideas without receiving credit as co-author , completed the book from his manuscript. This book continues the thoughts of Mind and Nature published in ; in fact, it is prefigured in the "metalogue" between Gregory and Mary Catherine that concludes the earlier book.

Impossible to give a speedy summary of This was Gregory Bateson's last book, which was still in manuscript at the time he died, in Impossible to give a speedy summary of Bateson's thought here, but suffice it to say that he recognized that his thoughts about mind, and our relationship to the ever-evolving world, required him to address beauty and the sacred.

That is the effort made in Angels Fear. I recommend this book and Mind and Nature as highly as I can. They are filled with powerful ideas which, upon sufficient study and meditation, potentially have the ability to alter your world-view.

Apr 01, Stephanie marked it as to-read. I have read and re-read this at least 10 times. Every time I learn something new. It is a wonderful book on many things, mostly understanding yourself. Mar 23, Julian Rombach rated it it was amazing.

I've read such a lot in this area of thinking. And don't forget the difficult Wilfrid Sellars. I consider myself quite good in understanding these subjects. So I am not really able to talk the contents, except that is is truely mysterious. Sep 17, Dylan added it. Wonderful book. Circular in the right ways, cleanly stated and very expressive of the ideas they're trying to convey.

I have a hard time saying anything less than 'read it for your self' to get an idea of what it's about. Oct 07, Ladyfilosopher rated it it was amazing Shelves: ethics-of-care. What an amazing book. A post-humous collaboration with her father, who Mary Catherine Bateston had collaborated with on many of his books in his life-time, facilitated the unfolding of the desired them in its vastness and detailed furls as it deals with the specific and the 'fuzzy.

It has 'hit the nail on the head' about so many thoughts and considerations I have had over the years. I am reading this book while I formulate concept and material regarding the Ethics of Care. I found many over arch What an amazing book. I found many over arching concepts to help me continue. I have the edition which credits his daughter Mary on the cover.

There have been so many memorable statements along the way, which I would have written on Goodread's site but when I was obliged to put the book down due to commitments, time was tight, and bus schedules had to be respected.

Anyone interested in complexity, the mysteries of life, relationships, meaning, and experiencing the fruit of this amazing collaboration between male and female, father and daughter, exquisite minds both, please, give each page the time it merits. Though the annotations are well done, I found cause to add a few more voices and page references.

My book has become a notebook. Good Luck, have fun May 27, Jakob Jensen rated it really liked it. It's been quite some time since I read this and it is now buried in a storage locker. I'm reluctant to try and write a review without the benefit of having another look at it except to say I recall many "aha" moments and enjoyed Mary Catherine Bateson's constructed metalogues.

I thought I'd add this book to my list now as I've just ordered a copy of Steps. Feb 11, Cathy rated it it was amazing. Love this book! Oct 27, Angela Juline added it. I don't think it's fair for me to rate this book, because the content was so far over my head. Jun 14, Gerard is currently reading it. No us deixeu enganyar pel disseny de la portada Ernest Scott rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Neil White rated it liked it Mar 22, Leo Walsh rated it really liked it Oct 24, Peter Baumgartner rated it it was amazing Jul 01, Te Ve rated it it was amazing Oct 30, Emsiclaire rated it liked it Aug 24, Mauro Della Scala rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Hugh Palmer rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Steve Teso rated it really liked it Oct 02, Harper R rated it it was amazing Jan 30, Michael Guidera rated it really liked it Oct 25, Stephen rated it it was amazing Oct 17, Robert rated it really liked it Jun 17, Jeremy rated it really liked it Aug 26, Frank Spencer rated it it was amazing Oct 26, Karl rated it really liked it May 11, Readers also enjoyed.

About Gregory Bateson. Gregory Bateson. Gregory Bateson 9 May — 4 July was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields.



Hampton Press, Inc. Angels Fear is the final sustained thinking of the great Gregory Bateson, written in collaboration with his anthropologist daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson. Here we have set out before us Bateson's natural history of the relationship between ideas. Gregory Bateson, one of the most influential and original thinkers of the 20th century, spent his life he died in before completing this book exploring the nature of mental process and its connection with the biological world. His search to find "the pattern which connect" all things culminated in the writing he did for Angels Fear. This book incorporates writing by both father and daughter, including essays written by Gregory Bateson in the last years before his death. There are also conversations--"Metalogues"--written since then by Mary Catherine Bateson to convey the way the two might have worked together to forge the essays into a single work.


Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred

Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. Bateson Published Philosophy. This is a re-issue of Gregory Bateson's and Mary Catherine Bateson's work, which has been out of print for the past 20 years, is the G. Bateson centennial and much interest is anticipated for his publications. This work is the final sustained thinking of Bateson.

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