Year: 2008; Vol: 1; No: 1; doi: TBA

Apithology: An Emergent Continuum

Will Varey

Date Received: 17th August 2008 / Date Revised: 9th October 2008

Article Status:  Published


Apithology is the field of study concerned with identifying and enhancing the dynamics that enable the healthy development of emergent systems. In this paper the definitional premise of the discipline of apithology is explained and reasons are provided why the depth of practice in this field is predicted to increase. To illustrate the predominant orientation from this frame the term ‘apithology’ is contrasted with its conceptual antonym, being ‘pathology’. This preliminary introduction to the field of apithology proposes a metaphor in a continuum of development across two horizons of meaning as complementary perspectives on the prevention of disease and the generation of life. Elucidation is provided as to why a balanced focus on both the pathological and apithological may be desirable and how the conscious application of this perspective might assist in our collective endeavors towards the health and wellbeing of humanity as a whole.

Keywords: systems inquiry; apithology; health; orientations; aspects

Cite as: Varey, W. (2008), Apithology: An Emergent Continuum. Aspects of Apithology: The Journal of Apithological Practice, 1(1), 1-7..