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civilization)).

But in his opinion (ta widespread, stable and influential

basis for a

shared

identity

of

transdisciplinarity))

is lacking

at present.

Prof. McDonell suggested <(to start by expanding our disciplinav

communities into

more cosmopolitan cultures)). In his view, this expansion process should be approached ((through the encouragement of mutually respectful processes of both reflection and understanding)).

“Respect” is seen here as a fnndamental ingredient for a transdisciplinary reflection

which needs to synthesise many different, annihilating their uniqueness.

often contrasting,

positions without

This idea, as Prof. McDonell recalled, is well expressed by Gerard Delanty’s position

concerning a cosmopolitan model of cultural transformation.

In this conception, a ((reflective discourse is more concerned with bringing

to a

heightened level of awareness cultural potentials and with recognising differences)), more than to find quiescent unanimity at all costs, for &he aim of reflection is mutual

understanding, not consensual agreement)).

This conclusive thought, in the very words of Prof. McDonell,

((can bear careful

consideration)) when one tries cctoarticulate the conditions for cooperations among different, and often contending, disciplinary cultures)).

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