Chapter published in:Controversies and Interdisciplinarity: Beyond disciplinary fragmentation for a new knowledge model
Edited by Jens Allwood, Olga Pombo, Clara Renna and Giovanni Scarafile
[Controversies 16] 2020
► pp. 235–254
The pointer finger and the pilgrim shell
Ethics of listening, resistance to change and interdisciplinarity
One of the risks to the study of interdisciplinary dynamics is to limit the analysis to a description of the visible structures through which it is in action.Indeed, there are a number of factors which, although invisible, may contribute to the success or failure of an interdisciplinary enterprise.Through the examination of two case studies, I examine these implicit factors, which underlie the development of interdisciplinarity. In particular, the role of habits, identity factors and the very inadequacy of rational arguments are examined. In a dialectic between invisible and visible emerges the picture of a complex phenomenon to which Caravaggio’s Seven Works of Mercy alludes in the final part of the essay.
Keywords: reframing, change, connection, invisibility, human factor
Published online: 15 October 2020
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