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New Directions in Interdisciplinarity: Broad, Deep, and Critical


Aristotle launched Western knowledge on a trajectory toward
disciplinarity that continues to this day. But is the knowledge
management project that began with Aristotle adequate for the age of
Google? Perhaps an undisciplined discourse more evocative of Plato can
help us constitute new, more relevant inter- and transdisciplinary forms
of knowledge. This article explores the history of disciplinarity and
interdisciplinarity, arguing for a new, critical form of
interdisciplinarity that moves beyond the academy into dialogue with the
public and private sectors. Contemporary knowledge production should
involve not only a horizontal axis stretching across academia but also a
vertical axis where academic research is integrated into contemporary