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The International

Center of

organization

located

in

Paris

” Transdiciplinay

evolution

of

Transdisciplinary since 1987, has the University’.

Research (CIRET), a joint project with

a non-profit

UNESCO

on

The Charter of Trandisciplinarity,

Transdisciplinarity held in Portugal

in

was adopted at November 1994,

the with

First World Congress of the patronage of CIRET.

CHARTER

OF TRANSDISCIPLINARITY

(adopted at the First World Congress of Trandisciplinarity, Convent0 da Arrcibida, Portugal, November 2-6, 1994)

Preamble

Whereas the present proliferation of academic and non-academic disciplines is leading to an exponential increase of knowledge which makes impossible any global view of the human being,

and Whereas only a form of intelligence able to grasp the planetary dimension of current conflicts could face the complexity of our world and the present challenge of a material and spiritual self-destruction of the human species,

and Whereas life on earth is seriously threatened by the triumph of techno-

science which obeys productivity’s sake,

only

the frightening

logic

of productivity

for

and Whereas the present rupture

between

an increasingly

quantitative

knowledge and an increasingly impoverished inner identity is leading to the rise of a new brand of obscurantism whose individual and social consequences are incalculable,

and the

Whereas the historically unprecedented growth

inequality

between

those

who

possess

and

of knowledge

is

increasing

those who

do

not, thus

engendering increasing nations of our planet,

inequality

within

each

nation

and

between

the

different

and Whereas, at the same time, these challenges also have a positive counterpart whereby this extraordinary development of knowledge could eventually lead to an evolution not unlike that of the primates into homo sapiens :

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