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In the light of attributed the evident that the transdisciplinary understanding. these initial epistemological utmost importance at the approach steps, the concept of gnoseological level , is essential

transdisciplinarity was inasmuch as it looked

to

enhance rational

Consequently, the whole symposiu

m was carried out under the idea that adopting

transdisciplinary approaches human knowledge.

is

a

crucial

step

on

the

long

and

never-ending

path

of

3.4 -

Transdisciplinarity,

an

insightful

approach

for

every issue?

At this stage, an additional question began to emerge: whether a transdisciplinary approach would be insightful not only for complex and global issues, but also for all kinds of issues.

Why and how to extend a transdisciplinary again, to a twofold reflection:

approach also to “simple”

issues leads,

a.

on the one side, if only global and complex issues appear

transdisciplinary more than others

approach, this could be solely because do, the underlying complexity of reality;

they

to “call” tend to

for a reveal,

b.

on the other side, when the word “simple” is used, many assumptions on

to decide when and where to defining an issue as “simple”

stop the analysis -

  • -

    remain

actually

consequently hidden.

qualifying

how and

Thus, the inquiry into a given “simple” issue should not necessarily be stopped at the very first level, even when that level seems to provide a satisfactory explanation. When time and resources allow, in-depth investigations bring deeper understanding also on “simple” issues by unveiling more exhaustive aspects.

For a given object of study, there are conceptual tools, which actually seem better suited than others, However, it should not be overlooked that this depends both on what is being looked for in a given issue, and on what kind and level of analysis one may want to have. Consequently, at any time, and for any given issue, an approach marked by intellectual humility would always be desirable.

At the methodological level, for instance, it could be recognized that, despite the fact

that a given conceptual tool is currently being

used -

as it looked to be the most

suitable at the present time -

other

one wishes to increase knowledge from a different viewpoint.

perspectives on the issue

could

or

the

(and

should)

always

be tried,

if

understanding

of

the

problem

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