By virtue of its own multi-sectoral nature, and faithful to its mandate, UNESCO has a long-standing engagement with initiatives and ideas stemming from the co-operation of various disciplines, on a ground fertilized by the encounter of all the world’s
This is precisely why the International
Symposium on Transdisciplinarity
Val-d’Oise f r o m 2 5 t o 2 9 M a y 1 9 9 8 , i n t h e m a r v e l o u s C i s t e r c i a n s e t t i n g o f t h e “Towards Integrative Process and Integrated Royaumont Abbey - on the theme
Knowledge ” has aroused the deepest interest and support of the Organization.
The Symposium, organized by the McGill
Centre for Ethics, Medicine
Canada), was sponsored by the Encyclopaedia of Life Support actively represented by the Division of Philosophy and Ethics.
Twenty-seven participants, including scholars coming from universities
sectors of UNESCO
(Education, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Philosophy), took the opportunity to undertake a thorough dialogue on transdisciplinarity.
After the welcoming addresses by the two co-conveners (Prof. Margaret Somerville and Prof. David Rapport), the Director of the Division of Philosophy and Ethics of UNESCO (Prof. Yersu Kim), and the E.O.L.S.S. representative (Prof. Andrew Sage), four fundamental questions were put up for reflection:
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What What What
is transdisciplinarity? makes transdisciplinarity
succeed or fail?
issues need transdisciplinarity?
research and evaluate