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Here are recommended classic books, dissertations, monographs, and papers that are important reading material for the creative systemic studies doctoral concentration.


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Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 
Bateson, G. (1974).  Scattered thoughts for a conference on “broken power”. CoEvolutionary Quarterly, 4, 26-27.
Bateson, G. (2002). Mind and nature: A necessary unity. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Bateson, G. & Bateson, M.C. (1987). Angels fear: Towards an epistemology of the sacred. New York, NY: Macmillan.
Bateson, G., Weakland, J. & Haley, J. (1976). Comments on Haley’s “history”. In C.E. Sluzki & D. C. Ransom, (Eds.), Double bind: The foundation of the communicational approach to the family (105-110).New York, NY: Grune & Stratton, Inc.
Bröcker, M. (2003). Between the lines: The part-of-the-world-position of Heinz von Foerster. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 10(2), 51–65.
Charlton, N. G. (2008). Understanding Gregory Bateson: Mind, beauty, and the sacred earth. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
Clarke, B., & Hansen, M. (Eds.). (2009). Emergence and embodiment: New essays on second-order systems theory. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Cleary, T., & Cleary, J. C. (1977). The blue cliff record. Boston, MA: Shambhala.
Dumoulin, H. (2006). The song period: A time of maturation. In John Daido Loori (Ed.), Sitting with koans (pp. 17–39). Sommerville, MA: Wisdom. (Original work published 1988)
Goodchild, P. (1993). Speech and silence in the Mumonkan: An examination of use of language in light of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Philosophy east and west, 43(1), 1–18. Retrieved from California Institute of Integral Studies Religion and Philosophy Collection Database. Available from http://www.jstor.org/stable/1399466
Harries-Jones, P. (1995). A recursive vision: Ecological understanding and Gregory Bateson. Toronto, CA: University of Toronto Press.
Haley, J. (1973). Uncommon therapy. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.
Haley. J. (1976a). Problem solving therapy. San Francisco: Jossey –Bass. 
Haley, J. (1976b). Development of a theory: A history of a research project. In C.E. Sluzki & D. C. Ransom, (Eds.). Double Bind: The Foundation of the Communicational Approach to the Family. New York, NY: Grune & Stratton, Inc. pp. 59-104. Original work published in 1961.
Hurston, Z. N. (1997). The sanctified church: The folklore writings of Zora Neale Hurston.  New York, NY: Marlowe & Company.
Jackson, D. (1957). The question of family homeostasis. The Psychiatric Quarterly Supplement, 31 (part 1), 79-90.
Jackson, D. (1961). Interactional psychotherapy. In M. Stein (Ed.), Contemporary psychotherapies (pp. 256–271). New York, NY: Free Press of Glenco.
Jackson, D. (1965). The study of the family. Family Process, 4(1), 1-20.
Keels, B. (in press). The Hoffman blunder: An examination of the de-evolution from systemic to interpretive practice. Unpublished doctoral dissertation.
Keeney, B. P. (1977). On paradigmatic change: Conversations with Gregory Bateson. Unpublished manuscript.
Keeney, B. P. (1979). Ecosystemic epistemology: An alternative paradigm for
diagnosis. Family Process, 18, 117–133.
Keeney, B. (1982). Not pragmatics, not aesthetics. Family Process, 21(4), 429-434.
Keeney, B. P. (1983). Aesthetics of change. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Keeney, B. P. (1991). Improvisational therapy: A practical guide for creative clinical strategies. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Keeney, B. P. with G. Bateson  (1996).  Conversations with Gregory Bateson. Unpublished manuscript.
Keeney, B. (1999), Kalahari Bushmen Healers, Philadelphia: Ringing Rocks Press.
Keeney, B. (2003), Ropes to God: Experiencing the Bushman Spiritual Universe, Philadelphia: Ringing Rocks Press.
Keeney, B. P. (2007). Batesonian epistemology, Bushman n/om-kxaosi, and rock art. Kybernetes, 36(7–8), 884–904.
Keeney, B. P. (2009). The creative therapist: The art of awakening a session, New York, NY: Routledge.
Keeney, B. P. (2010). The Bushman way of tracking god. New York, NY: Atria Books.
Keeney, B. P. & Ross, J. M. (1985). Mind in therapy: Constructing systemic family therapies. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Keeney, B. P. & Silverstein, O. (1986). The therapeutic voice of Olga Silverstein. New York: Guilford.
Keeney H. S. (2011). Circular poetics: Cybernetics, Zen koans, and the art of creative transformative pedagogy (Doctoral dissertation).  Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.
Keeney, H. & Keeney, B. (2012). What is systemic about systemic therapy? Therapy models muddle embodied systemic practice. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31(1), 22-37.
Keizan , J. (2003). The record of transmitting the light: Zen master Keizan’s
            denkoroku. (FJ Cook, Trans.) . Sommerville, MA: Wisdom Publications
Kwang, W. (1997). Open mouth, already a mistake: Talks by Zen master Wu Kwang. Cumberland, RI: Primary Point Press.
Loori, J. D. (Ed.). (2006). Sitting with koans: Essential writings on the practice of Zen koan introspection. Boston, MA: Wisdom.
Maturana, H. & Varela, F. (1980). Autopoiesis and cognition: The realization of the living. Boston, MA: Reidel.
Maslow, A. (1964). Religions, values, and peak-experiences. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.
Minuchin, S. (1998). Where is the family in narrative family therapy? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 24(4), 397-403.
Miura, I. & Sasaki, R.F. (1965). The Zen koan: Its history and use in Rinzai Zen. San
Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace.
Montuori, A. (2005). Gregory Bateson and the challenge of transdisciplinarity. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 12(1–2), 147–158.
Neill, J. & Kniskern, D. (Eds.). (1982). From psyche to system: the evolving therapy of Carl Whitaker. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Pask, G. (1996). Heinz von Foerster's self-organisation, the progenitor of conversation and interaction theories. Systems Research 13(3), pp. 349-362.
Spencer-Brown, G. (1969). Laws of form. London, England: Allen & Unwin.
Stagoll, B.  (2000).  “Interactions Not Factions”. In Dialogues of diversity in therapy: A virtual symposium, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, 21(3), 124-126
Stephenson, H. & Keeney, B. (2011). Circular poetics and the “hypnosis of hypnosis”, The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 54(2), 86-88.
Suzuki, D. T. (1970). The field of Zen: Contributions to the middle way, the journal of the Buddhist Society. New York, NY: Harper & Row.
Suzuki, D. T. & Barrett, W. (1956). Zen Buddhism: Selected writings of D. T. Suzuki. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
Suzuki, S. & Dixon, T. (2006) Zen mind, beginner’s mind. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Thomas, F. N., Waits, R. A., & Hartsfield, G. L. (2007). The influence of Gregory Bateson: Legacy or vestige?  Kybernetes, 36(7/8), 871–883.
Tyler, S. A, & Tyler, M.G. (1990). Foreword. In B.P. Keeney, Improvisational therapy: A practical guide for creative clinical strategies (pp. ix-xi). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Varela, F. J. (1999). Ethical know-how: Action, wisdom, and cognition. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
von Foerster, H. (Ed.). (1953). Feedback mechanisms and circular causal systems in biology and the social sciences. New York, NY: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.
von Foerster, H. (1984). Observing systems. Salinas, CA: Intersystem Publications.
von Foerster, H. (1987). Cybernetics. In S.C. Shapiro (Ed.), Encyclopedia for artificial intelligence (Vol. 1, pp. 225-227). New York: Wiley
von Foerster, H. (2003a). Understanding understanding: Essays on cybernetics and cognition. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
von Foerster, H. (2003b). Cybernetics of epistemology. In H. von Foerster (Ed.), Understanding understanding: Essays on cybernetics and cognition (pp. 229–246). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
von Foerster, H. (2003c). Ethics and second-order cybernetics. In H. von Foerster (Ed.), Understanding understanding: Essays on cybernetics and cognition (pp. 287–304). New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
Watzlawick, P., Beavin, J., & Jackson, D. (1967). Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies & Paradoxes. NY: W.W. Norton
Watzlawick, P., Weakland, J. H., & Fisch, R. (1974). Change: Principles of problem formation and problem resolution. New York, NY: Norton.
Whitaker, C. (1976). Hindrance of theory clinical work.  In P. Geurin (Ed.), Family therapy: Theory and practice (154-164). New York, NY: Gardner Press. 
Whitehead, A. N., & Russell, B. (1910). Principia mathematica. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Wordsworth, W. (1993). Preface to lyrical ballads. In M. H. Abrams (Ed.), The Norton anthology of English literature, Vol. 2 (pp. 141–152). New York, NY: Norton. (Original work published 1800).
Yamada, K. (2004). The gateless gate: The classic book of Zen koans. Boston, MA: Wisdom.