Epistemological error: a whole systems view of converging crises

Boehnert, J ORCID: 0000-0002-8990-0325 (2012) 'Epistemological error: a whole systems view of converging crises.' Philosophy of Management, 11 (1). pp. 95-107. ISSN 1740-3812

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5840/pom201211114 Download cit...


Gregory Bateson said that we are “governed by epistemologies that we know to be wrong” back in 1972. In the same book Bateson wrote: “the organism that destroys its environment destroys itself.” Almost forty years later, global ecological systems are in steep decline and converging crises make a deep evaluation of the underlying premises of our philosophical traditions an urgent imperative. This paper will suggest that the roots of the economic crisis are epistemological and that, to correct this error, whole systems thinking and ecological literacy will become increasingly important in business management as well as in other disciplines. It will also suggest that the economic crisis opened new political space and has provided an opportunity for intervention. If we are brave enough to examine the roots of our problems there is possibility for renewal.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: economic system, ecological system, ecological literacy, transformational learning, political space
Divisions: Bath School of Design
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5840/pom201211114
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 21:25
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2023 21:25
URI / Page ID: https://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/15925
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