During the Symposium, it was pointed out that, despite its great importance for major
world problems of our time, the concept of scepticism and encounters some resistance in
transdisciplinarity the field of social
is still viewed with analysis and certain
other sciences (natural and exact), affecting thinking.
its acceptance as a fruitful
This resistance is often due to the suspicion that transdisciplinarity disciplinary approach to knowledge and aim at supplanting it.
could threaten a
In this respect, it was made clear that there is no opposition, but rather intrinsic and necessary complementarity, between a disciplinary and a transdisciplinary approach to
To picture this relationship
, Prof. M. Sommerville and Prof. D. Rapport evoked a
“spatial dynamics of transdisciplinarity”.
The two conveners used the
of “intellectual by the various
innerspace” disciplines in
and “intellectual connection with
outerspace” to denote transdisciplinarity.
paired images area occupied
As Prof. Somerville specifically pointed out,
may even be described as
But to have
“ requires that
an “outerspace” be an “innerspace
“intellectual necessarily “, and this
s p r o v i d e d
by the disciplines.
that we need to allow for the development of the disciplines,
inhibiting the development of within which transdisciplinarity
the intellectual takes place.
“outerspace ” FVhatwe are
to do is to give to create an
this “outerspace environment for
” structure, without
open up otherwise
insights that would
Consequently, reflecting perspective, but rather conceptual framework.
does not mean rejecting a disciplinary
It is thus of vital importance to articulate and systematize as much as possible methods and principles to begin framing a conceptual space where, through creative and imaginative interaction, it will be possible to explore integrative methodologies for the production of integrated knowledge.