The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


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

Karen-Claire Voss (Istanbul)
Transdisciplinarity and the Quest for a Tomorrow

In this paper I will discuss what I think is the main problem associated with attempts to use transdisciplinarity and will touch on the differences between transdisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, with which the former is often confused. I will then go on to examine some of its implications for traditional methodology and will continue by exploring some of the possibilities that it affords. I will also devote some time to considering the implications of Basarab Nicolescu's characterization of transdisciplinarity as a project for the future that will help us "in [our] quest for a tomorrow." Finally, I will close by suggesting some potentially fruitful ways of utilizing the transdisciplinary approach in the social sciences and in the humanities.