Download PDF by Bradford Keeney: Aesthetics of Change (The Guilford Family Therapy Series)

By Bradford Keeney

ISBN-10: 0898620430

ISBN-13: 9780898620436

The basic problem of psychotherapy is switch. whereas practitioners are regularly greeted with new thoughts, thoughts, courses, and interventions, this booklet argues that the complete advantages of the healing strategy can't be discovered with out basic revision of the concept that of swap itself. utilising cybernetic notion to family members remedy, Bradford P. Keeney demonstrates that traditional epistemology, within which reason and impression have a linear courting, doesn't sufficiently accommodate the reciprocal nature of causation in adventure. Written in an unconventional variety that incorporates tales, case examples, and imagined dialogues among an epistemologist and a skeptical therapist, the amount provides a philosophically grounded, ecological framework for modern medical perform.

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T o invent a dormitive principle, begin with simple descriptions of the p h e n o m e n a to be explained. For example, a person m a y be described as u n h a p p y a n d unwilling to work or eat. " T h e claim to then "explain" these particular descriptions as the result of "depression" is to invoke a dormitive principle. W h a t one does, in that case, is to say that an item of simple action is caused by a class of action. This recycling of a term does not constitute formal explanation. This practice often leads to unfortunate consequences.

The epistemology of Russell's Theory of Types has been challenged by von Foerster (1978), w h o objected to its use as an injunction against paradox, since an alternative way of dealing with paradox is possible. Self-referential paradoxes can be used as conceptual building blocks for an alternative view of the world. For example, w e m a y begin as we have in this discussion by noting that an observer always participates in what he observes. Thus, all statements, being statements by observers, are self-referential and hence laden with paradox.

T h e experimenter is not discriminating between two classes of context (when discrimination is appropriate and when it is not). Instead, the experimenter punctuates the situation as a context for discrimination, even when it is not possible to discriminate. Consequently, the dog and experimenter are placed in an impossible situation. If the dog attempts to discriminate, the experimenter observes that he cannot; if the dog does not discriminate, the experimenter proposes that the dog's "discrimination" has broken down.

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