Interdisciplinary Studies and the Question of Being
Association for Interdisciplinary Studies
The question of being adds another dimension to interdisciplinary theory and practice. The interdisciplinary approach to complex problems requires engaging with multiple perspectives from various disciplines, schools of thought, ideologies, and belief systems. All of these perspectives possess underlying and often unacknowledged ontological assumptions. An exploration of ontological thought will enhance interdisciplinary understanding of diverse viewpoints. Of particular emphasis here is the relationship between consciousness and reality. This relationship is studied in multiple contexts over the history of Eastern and Western thought, evolutionary theory, and cognitive psychology. The nature of consciousness supplies a grounding for integrative practices. The strategy of ontological pluralism enhances the interdisciplinary technique of perspective taking.
Interdisciplinary, Integration, Ontology, Religious studies, Philosophy, Eastern philosophy
Welch IV, James. "Interdisciplinary Studies and the Question of Being." Issues in Integrative Studies 30 (2012): 99-127.