Problematizing disciplinarity, transdisciplinary problematics

Osborne, Peter (2015) Problematizing disciplinarity, transdisciplinary problematics. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(5-6), pp. 3-35. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

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This article situates current debates about transdisciplinarity within the deeper history of academic disciplinarity, in its difference from the notions of inter- and multi-disciplinarity. It offers a brief typology and history of established conceptions of transdisciplinarity within science and technology studies. It then goes on to raise the question of the conceptual structure of transdisciplinary generality in the humanities, with respect to the incorporation of the 19th- and 20th-century German and French philosophical traditions into the anglophone humanities, under the name of 'theory'. It identifies two distinct - dialectical and anti-dialectical, or dialectical and transversal - transdisciplinary trajectories. It locates the various contributions to the special issue of which it is the introduction within this conceptual field, drawing attention to the distinct contribution of the French debates about structuralism and its aftermath - those by Serres, Foucault, Derrida, Guattari and Latour, in particular. It concludes with an appendix on Foucault's place within current debates about disciplinarity and academic disciplines.

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Additional Information: This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [grant number AH/I004378/1]. Part of a special issue entitled: Transdisciplinary Problematics, edited by Peter Osborne, Stella Sandford and Eric Alliez.
Research Area: Philosophy
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 13:04
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 13:41

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