Working Group #l:
What is transdisciplinarity ?
Bearing in mind Prof. McDonell’s building up a “transdisciplinary
recommendation on the utmost
importance of “new common
linguistic space” able to contrast effectively the current knowledge, Working Group #l endeavored to elaborate of transdisciplinarity.
process of a broad and
fragmentation of shared definition
During the debate, several difftculties emerged regarding:
the danger of equivocal or non-univocal meaning of basic concepts like
“knowledge” and “problem”;
the identification content/‘discipIine;
as a methodology/process
or as a
the presence and/or need of a “teleological component” in the definition i.e., whether the purpose of a transdisciplinary approach should be recognized either in aproblem solving activity or in a broader non-instrumentalist aim.
After a preliminary experiment”: working
debate, the separately
participants decided to for a few minutes, each
proceed one was
to a “silent requested to
contribute an individual definition of “transdisciplinarity”, and jointly analyzed.
to be put up for discussion
Hereunder are the different definitions recollected:
Ms. Jacqueline Russel:
Transdisciplinarity single disciplines
a process whereby culturally constructed transcended in order to address problems
boundaries of porn multiple
perspectives to generate emergent knowledge.
Prof. William Newell: Transdisciplinarity
interested perspectives to define and address complex problems.
Mr. Luca Zarri: Transdisciplinarity
knowledge in order to
better face, from multiple perspectives, the complexity of reality.
Prof. Gavan McDonnel: TransdiscipIinariQ
and transforming fields of knowledge from
multiple perspectives to enhance understanding in order to improve future choices.
of problems to be addressed,