The previously unpublished works by Bion included in this volume com-prise four papers and 'Further Cogitations' from 1968 to 1969.The first of the papers has the title, 'The Conception of Man'. It was written originally as a chapter for a planned book of the same title, to be edited by Arthur Burton, who also edited Psychotherapy of the Psycho-ses (1961). Bion had been recommended as a possible contributor to the book by John Harvard-Watts - who had, around that time, suggested to Francesca Bion that she might persuade her husband to publish as a book the papers of Experiences in Groups and Other Papers (1961). Burton's book was to have clarified how different thinkers conceived of Man, "in his basic nature and humanity.
W. R. Bion and Chris Mawson
UNPUBLISHED WORKS -- The Conception of Man 1961 -- Penetrating Silence 1976 -- New and Improved 1977 -- Further Cogitations 1968-1969 -- appendix a -- the days of our years by Francesca Bion -- appendix b -- offices and appointments held by wilfred r. bion -- appendix c -- 'catastrophic change' and 'container and contained transformed': a comparison by Chris Mawson -- appendix d -- standardized bibliography of the works of w. r. bion -- by Harry Karnac
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