The Unifying Aspects of Cultures

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The Unifying Method of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences: The Method of Transdisciplinarity

David E. Schrader (Washington and Jefferson College, USA)
Pragmatism, Unificiation, and Transdisciplinarity

When we speak of a unifying method for the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, there are two things we might mean. We might mean a method that provides a unified knowledge content, or we might mean a method that provides a unified approcah to gaining knowledge. If we mean a method that aims at a unified knowledge content, then the quest for a unifying method is futile. If we mean a method that provides a unified approach to gaining knowledge, then pragmatism, which by its nature is committed to transdisciplinarity, provides a unifying method that can be used productively in all traditional disciplinary areas.

THE UNIFYING ASPECTS OF CULTURES