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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: b. Reframing

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44186


A frame consists of limiting assumptions that focus our attention on one thing rather than another. Even the most basic framing does not have to be seen metaphysically, as it can be questioned. Reframing is prompted by frustration created by conflict, making it possible (with optionality) to switch to a wider frame free of the conflicts of the previous one. We are always obliged to expand frames rather than being able to free ourselves of them – an error-led process of responding imperfectly to integrate conflict rather than deduction from a frameless position.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'