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Bateson and Pragmatism: A Search for Dialogue

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In order to set up a dialogue the author, first, will attempt to discern similarities and differences between the ideas of Gregory Bateson and those of the so-called Pragmatist philosophers, John Dewey and William James. Second, he will address connecting points and relevance to intercultural communication training and teaching. For both sides aesthetics are of central importance, for Bateson, coming from the direction of systems, more in the observation of the pattern that connects (beauty). For Dewey, the aesthetic experience is embedded in the context potentially in any situation. For both Dewey and James human and other organisms actively experiencing environments as situations are the beginning and the end of any philosophy of pragmatic significance. For Bateson, the addition of aesthetics to ecology is necessary to highlight its global significance.

Affiliations: 1: Retired Professor and Trainer for Intercultural Communication, Hochschule der Wirtschaft für Management, Mannheim, Germany; Holmes Intercultural Training, Waldgrenzweg 5, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany,


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