The struggling towards a transdisciplinary metaphysics

Gibbs, Paul ORCID logoORCID: (2022) The struggling towards a transdisciplinary metaphysics. Postdigital Science and Education, 4 (3) . pp. 649-657. ISSN 2524-4868 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s42438-021-00278-w)

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What is transdisciplinarity? I don’t know, but I do feel that the majority of those writing about it are not willing to jettison their disciplinary positionality to look for something which cannot be realised from what we currently accept as knowledge. Let me be clearer. Transdisciplinarity by its nature transcends inter-, multi- and inter-disciplinarity, for it seeks to resist the epistemological hegemony of disciplines to be the sole arbitrator of the real. Basically, I propose we can’t start from here seeking a new way of knowing and agency without understanding the metaphysics of the new reality (which may or may not somewhere in between being and non-being) which transcends disciplines. In a postdigital reality (Jandrić et al. 2018) where we tend to understand and respond to the unleashed power of technology is a Weltanschauung in the terms Heidegger envisioned it in his essay ‘The Question Concerning Technology’ (1977) of where technology rule humanity rather than harnessed to enrich humanity. Like him, we can enhance our being through and with technology but we need to be in control of it. However, first we need to understand why this is important for our notions of being and I suggest we need to think bravely in the terms of that I develop below for of nature of being (see Fuller and Jandrić 2019 for a fuller discussion).

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