A key dimension of transdisciplinarity is understanding the way that knowledge is constructed in various disciplines and approaches (Montuori, 2005a). Morin’s work is radical in this sense because it traces the roots of knowledge, digging deep to find the underlying assumptions that form the foundations for the differing perspectives. Transdisciplinarity explicitly surfaces the assumptions of the many different disciplines it addresses. While not demanding in-depth expertise and specialization to the quite same extent that a discipline-based researcher might have, transdisciplinary research does demand a more philosophical or meta-paradigmatic position that steps back to observe how different paradigms shape the construction of knowledge, exploring the roots of the disciplines. The point is to become aware of one’s own assumptions about the process of inquiry, as well as uncovering the assumptions of the various perspectives that inform inquiry.
Complex Thought: An Overview of Edgar Morin’s Intellectual Journey by Alfonso Montuori