Taking a Transdisciplinary Approach to the Life Sciences – Eunsook Hyun
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Taking a Transdisciplinary Approach to the Life Sciences
A means to increasing integrated knowledge and practice without disciplinary boundaries, transdisciplinarity may ultimately provide an avenue for engagements promoting an insightful understanding and problem-solving capacity to complex human problems. Transdisciplinarity is a democratic epistemology and action (Hyun, 2011) that challenges all of us in academia, industry, government, and various human organizations, both public and private, the basis of whose operation comprises all forms of existing disciplinary human knowledge, science, and technology (e.g., Darbellay, Cockell, Billotte, & Waldvogel, 2008; Hadorn, Bradley, Pohl, Rist, & Wisemann, 2006; Kaufman, Moss, & Osborn, 2003; Kessel, & Rosenfield, 2008; Klein, 2004; McWilliam, Hearn, & Haseman, 2008; Nicolescu, 2002, 2007; Ramadier, 2004). The essential purposes of transdisciplinarity are (a) to signify and to engage in a unity of knowledge and surpass mono-, inter-, and multidisciplinary approaches (Hyun, 2011) and (b) to build a capacity for human knowledge that is responsive to solve problems affecting real lives.
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