of all the preceding the participants of the First World In consideration , of Transdisciplinarity (Convent0 da Arrabida, Portugal, 1994) have adopted the present Charter, which comprise Congress November 2-7 s the
fundamental principles constitutes a personal Charter makes, without
of the community of transdisciplinary
researchers, signatory of
Any attempt to reduce the concept of human being to a mere definition and to
reduce it to a formal structure, no matter what, is incompatible transdisciplinary vision.
Article 2 :
The recognition of the existence of different levels of reality governed by different types of logic is inherent in the transdisciplinary attitude. Any attempt to reduce reality to one single level governed by a single form of logic
is incompatible with transdisciplinarity.
Article 3 :
Out of the
dialogue between disciplines it produces new results and new interactions between them. It offers a new vision of nature and reality. Transdisciplinarity does not seek a mastery in several disciplines but aims to open all disciplines to what they have in common and to what lies beyond their boundaries.
Article 4 :
The keystone to transdisciplinarity
is the semantic and effective unification of
the distinctions between disciplines. It presupposes
what runs through and what is beyond different an open-minded rationality, through a fresh look at
the relativity of such notions as formalism, rigidity of definitions exclusion of the subject, can only
“definition” and a claim
and “objectivity”. to total objectivity,
have a negative
An excess of implying the
Article 5 :
The transdisciplinary vision is determinedly open in that it transcends the field of the exact sciences by encouraging them to communicate and be reconcilied with not only the humanities and the social sciences, but also with art,
literature, poetry and spiritual experience.
Article 6 :
In relation to interdisciplinarity
approaches to time transhistorical horizon.
recognising does not
the various exclude a