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The Three Ecologies Revisited -80


Jon Goodbun

From the late sixties onwards, Gregory Bateson, in multiple papers, describes a conceptual structure composed of three interconnected complex systems, broadly conceived as the self or individual organism, its social environment, and the wider web of life on the planet.

Twenty years later, the radical activist and therapist Felix Guattari published The Three Ecologies, in which he not only draws heavily upon Bateson’s earlier work but, I argue in this close reading of the relevant texts, responds directly to some challenges set out by Bateson.

Keywords: Gregory Bateson, Felix Guattari, Ecosophy, Three Ecologies, Mental Ecologies, Ecology of Mind, Subjectivity, epistemological error

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