Gavan J. McDonell Professor at School of Arts and Technology Studies Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia
Disciplines as cultures: towards reflection and understanding
stands in a long line of endeavours to produce
In the search for comprehensive knowledge and universal language lay the hope that human endeavour was capable of producing forms of knowledge which could express reliable, comprehensive and universally rational accounts of the world (. .).
Broadly and starkly expressed (...) in recent theorising on the conditions for the social production of knowledge, there are two polar camps in philosophy and social theory:
one, often called postmodernist,
and much the more popular
emphasises and celebrates the fragmentation of knowledge and disciplines in our world (...). Those in the other camp seek to put in modern terms the Enlightenment hopes of a universal reason, shared, emancipator-y knowledge, and moral consensus on action (...).
I want to outline a project which (...) seeks to develop, as a first stage, cosmopolitan discourses of reflection and understanding among diverse cultures, including diverse cultures of knowledge. It is in this direction that I suggest we should move in considering the possibilities of cooperation among disciplines (. .).
I regard a discipline as residing in a cultural formation comprising a group of people
who, both explicitly and implicitly, professional knowledge which they here a shared acceptance, also both
share and practice a form of scientific and regard as distinct. There is necessarily involved explicit and implicit, of structures of uncertainty
and ignorance (. )
I would experts,
like to suggest members of
that we call ‘multidisciplinary
studies’ a collaboration among
associative, ie where the work of each of them is added to that of all the others (...).
each takes up
is relational, ie, where some of the assumptions
worldviews and languages of the others (...).
Transdisciplinary therefore would exist,
integrating relationship is taken to the extent of there being a transcendent language, a metalanguage, in which the terms of all the participant disciplines are, or can be, expressed (. ..).