Transdisciplinarity, Integrative Processes and Integrated Knowledge.
Out of the many reflections a central point arose:
The way to attain an integrated
concept and practice
and consequently transdisciplinary
to address approach,
crucial issues of our not lie in applying
of knowledge, age through ready-made,
based on automatic,
recipes; but rather,
integrative the light of
processes to be mindfully manifold criteria.
in establishing and cautiously
FaithfUl to the spirit of the Symposium, the present report tries to represent the many complementary contributions in a small dossier-like structure.
By doing so, on the one hand, there is a wish to avoid a summary which might provide unreliable reductive sketches with illusive problem-solving scenarios.
On the other hand, there is a hope to increase thoughtful awareness on methodological and substantial matters concerning new holistic perspectives to better understand the world and address its various problems.
From a conceptual point of view, transdisciplinarity attempt to “transcend disciplines” and, by that, to react
can be seen as a theoretical against hyperspecialization -
a process leading to a dramatically growing fragmentation the same time maintaining the advantages of creativity and specific field of knowledge.
of knowledge - initiative peculiar
while at to each
In this sense, the Symposium aimed at finding significant points of agreement on the steps to be undertaken at the methodological level to elaborate a sound and unified transdisciplinary approach.
The general understanding was that, only by establishing a coherent theoretical framework, can an attempt be made to successfUlly cope with the crucial problems of our time and, then, to take into proper consideration the complex set of implications
they give rise to.
The participants agreed on the main working
hypothesis of the colloquium:
out coherent methodological approach(es) to “integrative processes” as the way to achieve solid and substantial “integrated knowledge”.