The Misplaced Legacy of Gregory Bateson: Toward a Cultural Dialectic of Knowledge and Desire

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The dualism constituted by the opposition of cognition and emotion is all the more intractable given the failure on the part of those who seek a synthesis (see Holland 1992; Hutchins 1987) to consider the history of past attempts. This is particularly striking in the case of attempts that might have been considered extremely promising, especially in light of current interests (Horowitz 1988; Westen 1991, 1992). Of particular importance in this regard is the early work of Gregory Bateson, whose writing on the dialectics of ethos and eidos offered a possible solution, although not one Bateson himself fully formulated. This article is an attempt to recover the insight of Bateson's early work, with a view to developing it as a new approach to the problem of cognition and emotion in culture (367). 

Nuckolls, C. W. "The Misplaced Legacy of Gregory Bateson: Toward a Cultural Dialectic of Knowledge and Desire." Cultural Anthropology 10.3(1995): 367–394.

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