Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred (Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson)
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Title: Angels Fear
Sub-title: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred
Author(s): Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson
Publish Date: 2005
|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 1980 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. This book is a unique demonstration of thinking in progress, playful and wide-ranging, an attempt by the Batesons to find a view of the mind and the universe that is nether mechanistic nor supernatural.
Contents: Introduction. The World of Mental Process. Metalogue: What Do You Tell Stories? The Model. Neither Supernatural nor Mechanical. Metalogue: Why Placebos? Let Not Thy Left Hand Know. Metalogue: Secrets. Defenses of Faith. Metalogue: Are You Creeping Up? The Messages of Nature and Nurture. Metalogue: Addiction. The Unmocked God. Metalogue: It's Not Here. The Structure in the Fabric. Innocence and Experience. So What's a Meta For? Metalogue: Persistent Shade. Glossary. Notes on Chapter Sources. Index.