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Goolishian H. A.
Beyond Cybernetics: Comments on Atkinson and Heath’s “Further Thoughts on Second-Order Family Therapy”.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4096
Atkinson B. J.
Heath A. W.
Further thoughts on second-order family therapy – This time it’s personal.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/4097
A series of articles has recently appeared in which implications of second-order cybernetics for the practice of family therapy have been discussed. In this article, we attempt to advance the discussion by addressing ideas that we think have not been adequately emphasized thus far. Specifically proposed are ideas about conditions that might facilitate the emergence of consciously pragmatic strategy informed by the kind of systemic wisdom that delicately balances natural systems without the benefit of human planning. It is argued that a shift in the personal habits of knowing and acting that typically organize individual human experience is required. After attempting to specify what this shift might involve, implications of these ideas for the practice of family therapy and for human action in general are discussed.
Foerster H. von
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/1685
Varela F. J.
Reflections on the circulation of concepts between a biology of cognition and systemic family therapy.
Fulltext at http://cepa.info/2625
This article is a critical examination of the possible relevance of a specific approach to cognitive science for systemic family therapy. I provide a way of comparing the conceptual backgrounds for both these fields and, on that basis, propose some conclusions that underline the difficulty of the task.
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