LFE Colloquium talk by M.A. Manuela Leideritz

On Friday, October 25, 2019, a new Research Colloquium takes place at the LFE. M.A. / Dipl. Social Worker Manuela Leideritz (Faculty of Education, Leipzig University) will give a talk.

The colloquium is entitled Transdisciplinary Knowledge Integration – Philosophical of Science Fundamentals and cognitive tools for the production of transdisciplinary explanations”

The term transdisciplinarity is used very differently and ambiguously. The lowest common denominator of the different conceptions seems to be that it is about linking knowledge from different fields of knowledge and thereby overcoming the boundaries of disciplines in a way that has a ‘special’ quality compared to multi- and interdisciplinarity.

I understand transdisciplinarity as a special form of synthesis formation guided by theory: As rational, goal-oriented and comprehensible, case-, problem- or topic-related integration of multi- and interdisciplinary explanations. With such linked knowledge, great opportunities are combined to explain complex problems and, in perspective, to deal with them successfully.

However, this kind of synthesis formation does not succeed ‘just like that’. For this we need a common philosophical basis and cognitive tools (theories, methods). For synthesis formation I use the systems theoretical paradigm of social work (SPSA) of the sociologist and social work scientist Werner Obrecht. He developed this model for knowledge integration on the basis of the philosopher and physicist Mario Bunge’s philosophical and systems theoretical work. The SPSA is a bundle of theories – most of them philosophical of science – which together form a multi-level metatheoretical frame of reference. In the lecture, this metatheoretical frame of reference will be introduced and exemplarily shown,

  • how explanations from different fields of knowledge can be related to each other on this basis;
  • under which conditions complex transdisciplinary explanations can be generated from multi- and interdisciplinary explanations (potentials and limits of knowledge integration);
  • which cognitive tools are available for the case, problem and topic-related production of transdisciplinary explanations.

When? Friday, October 25, 2019 | 11 am – 1 pm

Where? Leipzig University, Marschnerstraße 31, House 3, Room 301 („Turmzimmer”), D-04109 Leipzig

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