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Prof. Thomas Warn:

Transdisciplinarity interdisciplinarity

is

and

something

different

from

multidisciplinarity,

physics

(or

whathever

other

specific

discipline).

It

is

different from

an all-inclusive

approach,

as it is different

from

a too general

approach.

Prof.

Julie Thompson Klein:

Transdisciplinarity

is practicing

recognizes, condition.

not

denies,

the

inherent

knowledge

plurality

in a reflexive manner that and complexity of the human

Mr. Massimiliano Lattanzi: Transdisciplinarity

is not a discipline but an approach

, a process to increase

knowledge perspectives.

by

integrating

and

transforming

different

gnoseological

In the light “elements”,

of the definitions provided, it was

“ingredients”

to

be

necessarily

possible included

to single out some “key ideas”, in a provisional definition of

transdisciplinarity:

a. Gnosis/‘axis:

an

“active”

element

having

a

threefold

connotation

(“transforming’,

“integrating’,

reconstitutive”)

was isolated;

b.

Inclusive Embracement:

this was recognized as an

transdisciplinarity.

It

is

also

interesting

to

note

how

the

inherent maximum

character of of generality

is

considered

a

limit

to

this

quality

(“not

all-inclusive”,

“not

too-general”);

C.

(Self-)ReJlexive: the need for a constant explicit unfolding of assumptions and values was widely recognized;

  • d.

    Complexity: this is a cardinal character of a transdisciplinary dimension

  • (e.

    g. complex situations, complex knowledge, complex problems);

  • e.

    Plurality (e.g. multiple/diverse/different perspectives of knowledge);

J:

Future-oriented

alternative choices;

g.

Problem-solving

component: this teleological

element is often

present.

Nevertheless, beside the concrete problem-solving aspect, a pure gnoseological dimension has to be considered to exhaustively define transdiciplinarity.

The conceptual elements isolated by this first working group were given back to the

Plenary as a set of “ingredients definition of transdisciplinarity.

” to be necessarily included in a preliminary theoretical

Moreover, this group agreed upon the methodological suitability to work on a first general non-instrumentalist definition of transdisciplinarity and therefore to educe from it a more pragmatic problem-oriented definition.

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