Transition Consciousness

Having realised that the first chapter of Henri Bortoft’s new work Taking Appearance Seriously  – The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought is available to read on line via Floris Books, I thought I would take this opportunity to explain why I think this chapter alone is well worth reading.

Taking Appearance Seriously Henri Bortoft

This chapter is quite remarkable in that it introduces us to the major themes that would occupy Bortoft for the majority of his lifetime, and so I thought that I would summarise just part of the chapter here, while highlighting not only the book but some other interesting and related reading too.

Henri began developing his critique of General Systems Theory in the 1970s, and in his first major book The Wholeness of Nature he devotes the first part to his conception of authentic and counterfeit wholes, which is a dynamic way of seeing the whole…

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