On Transdisciplinary Research – Part 1

The Unity of Knowledge

Like the name implies, transdisciplinary research is research that moves beyond the academic disciplines.  It differs from interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research in many ways, but one major characteristic really sets it apart, namely that it puts the same value on non-disciplinary knowledge as disciplinary knowledge.  This is called the unity of knowledge.  It means that other types of knowledge, like for instance contextual knowledge, religious knowledge, and/or cultural knowledge are given the same importance as disciplinary knowledge during the research.  In doing transdiciplinary research we need to be careful not to just pay lip service to this very important feature of transdisciplinarity.

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