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Addressing global shift. This shift - of the redefinition

and complex issues requires a qualitative, not just quantitative,

characterised as “integration of knowledge” of the object of study. Such redefinition has

- to

is a direct outcome be carried out within

the framework of the framework constitutes

fundamental the theoretical

unity underlying background of a

all forms of knowledge.

This

“transdisciplinary

dimension”.

Transdisciplinarity

is the “intellectual

space” where the nature of the manifold links

among isolated issues can be explored rethought, alternatives reconsidered, and

and unveiled, the space interrelations revealed.

where

issues

are

In this

dimension,

the notion

of

“transectorality”

needs also to

be re-examined

-

as

many scholars transdisciplinarity.

urged - Indeed

in the light of the many reflections , a transectoral approach, as transdisciplinary

started on approach,

aims at soundly composed views. This requires an exploration of new meanings of

“synergy”.

The “co-operative

work”

  • -

    the ‘syn-ergon’

-

among people or sectors has to go

beyond its mere quantitative dimension,

distinct voices “transformed’

has to be reconceived into a ‘sym-phony’

to

and the often dissonant reach a higher level of

‘poly-phony’ harmony. It

of many has to be

Transdisciplinarity

minds”.

This

is

the

has been happily synthesised as “the meeting point

‘intellectual

space’

where

the

concrete

daily

work

of people and of UNESCO

has to be rethought in a dimension of ‘synergy’ and ‘integration’ Symposium provided some clues in this regard.

of efforts. The

In striving for this synergy, one should not rely upon ready-made procedures, stereotyped formulas, and standardized answers. One should not be afraid of leaving behind familiar ground, nor be fearful to admit ignorance in front of the unknown. One should learn to be comfortable with uncertainty, and be ready to trust. In other words, be ready to get transformed, in order to seethings getting transformed.

This endeavour is not easy. Trying to achieve effective transectorality, as trying to undertake transdisciplinary approaches, is a truly difficult task. But it is important to have realized that this effort implies new eyes, new dispositions, new behaviours and new ways of thinking since, as Albert Einstein used to remember, “the signz~cant problems weface cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”.

Indeed this is the way to go issues of the next millennium.

if

we

want

to

face

-

and

solve

-

the

complex

global

Yersu Kim Director Division of Philosophy and Ethics

IV

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