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4.1.2 -

Working Group #l:

What is transdisciplinarity ?

Bearing in mind Prof. McDonell’s building up a “transdisciplinary

recommendation on the utmost

language”,

a

“meta-language”,

a

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:

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the danger of equivocal or non-univocal meaning of basic concepts like

“knowledge” and “problem”;

b)

the identification content/‘discipIine;

of

transdisciplinarity

as a methodology/process

or as a

c)

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

is are

a process whereby culturally constructed transcended in order to address problems

boundaries of porn multiple

perspectives to generate emergent knowledge.

Prof. William Newell: Transdisciplinarity

is transforming

and integrating

knowledge from

all

interested perspectives to define and address complex problems.

Mr. Luca Zarri: Transdisciplinarity

is integrating

and transforming

knowledge in order to

better face, from multiple perspectives, the complexity of reality.

Prof. Gavan McDonnel: TransdiscipIinariQ

is integrating

and transforming fields of knowledge from

multiple perspectives to enhance understanding in order to improve future choices.

of problems to be addressed,

Prof.

Roderick MacDonald:

Transdisciplinarity

is transcending

partial

knowledge

to pluralize

choice

about

alternative

futures.

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