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Upendra Baxi

Professor, School of Law University of Warwick United Knogdom

Approaches to transdisciplinarity

The histories of the forms of domination.

notions Long

of “discipline”

are

before

M.

Foucault,

also the histories of technologies for example, made us well aware

and that

the notion signifies regimes of power relations the complex relationship between discipline, power and knowledge stood encapsulated in the ancient Sanskrit word: shiksha which signifies both learning [education] and penalig (. ).

Traditions of knowledge have shown, all too often, that the Other of discipline has the potential of causing paradigm shifts. These traditions have also shown the resilience of dominant traditions, which tame and domesticate the dissenting academy into yet another kind of flourishing enterprise. The profound interrogation of ways of knowing

of yesterday become the doxa of today (, ..).

a. b.

banishment and exile of non-, pre-, anti- rational knowledge (. .), erection of barriers between reason and emotion (. .) and reason and vision

(A drawing of distinctions between hard and soft knowledges,

i:

privileging forms of knowledge into named genres and bodies of knowing and knowledge (_ .).

about

Notions of reason and rationality lie

congealed

in

the

notions

transdisciplinarity.

These perform versatile functions. Among these are:

Multi-, inter- and an active desire

even trans- disciplinarity to go beyond one’s

must bear ‘discipline’.

its birthmarks, (. ,) This

All these indicate desire signifies a

discipline’s extraversion. One may extend one’s disciplinary forsake the disciplinary identity, persona and tradition. For, of epistemic selfhood, continuity with prescribed ways of

burdens but almost never Reason demands integrity privileged ignorance and

willful immersion in objects of knowledge (. .).

Should the world exist, canons of interpretation

and formation

of epistemic

communities require be understood and

knowledges to be fragmented, mastered. The very notion

and therefore of civilization

specialized, since the

Enlightenment jurist defined

is that knowledge it, civilization is a

is power as Joseph Kohler, a late nineteenth twofold process of mastering: of the self (. .)

for it to Age of century and the

world (...).

If transdisciplinarity

constitutes an epistemic break from the worlds of inter- and

multi- disciplinarities, surely are:

too many reversals will have to ensue. Among these reversals

a.

Equal respect for the non-Western traditions of knowledge (we, most of us in

the South, do know the traditions from Descartes to Deridda, but please find a

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