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Interdisciplinary Science and Knowledge: What are They?
WHAT IS SCIENCE?
The Ethos of Science
WHAT IS COMPLEX SYSTEM SCIENCE?
WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE?
WHAT IS DISCIPLINARITY?
CROSSING DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES
Figure 1.3.A.The Monodisciplinary Structure
WHAT IS INTERDISCIPLINARITY?
Academic Interdisciplinarity
Transdisciplinarity
WHAT IS INTERDISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE?
Politics and Science: Partners in Arms?
THE INTERACTION AND INTERDEPENDENCY PATTERN OF POLITICS AND SCIENCE
Practical-Instrumental Research
Symbolic-Instrumental Research
Knowledge-Instrumental Research
THE PRACTICE OF SCIENCE AND THE NEEDS OF GOVERNMENTS
THE COMPENSATORY REACTION TOWARDS INTERDISCIPLINARITY
Interdisciplinarity and Mission-Oriented Research
THE ESTEEM AND SCIENTIFIC STATUS OF INTERDISCIPLINARITY
The Problems of Interdisciplinary Research
THE POLITICALAND SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGES OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS
Ecology, Science and Politics
The Biosphere, Technosphere, Sociosphere and Noosphere
Fragmentation and Segmentation
MEASURES OF SCIENCE AND THE NEEDS OF POLITICS
Shifts of Scientific Paradigms
Exogenous Changes
Intermediary Measures
THE ENTITIES OF INTEGRATION
CHANGES IN THE MONODISCIPLINARY STRUCTURE
THE CONCEPTS OF SYNTHESIS AND THEIR METHODOLOGICALEXPRESSIONS
Holistic Problem-Orientation
SUMMING UP
THE SCIENCE WAR
The Science War: Origin and Vein of Thought
The Unity of Science Thesis and Interdisciplinarity
Positivism and Post-Positivism on Four Dimensions
The Dissolution of Fronts
The Mediation of Post-Positivism
The Shift of Paradigm?
Multidisciplinary Disciplines
Interdisciplinarity Between the Sciences—Broad Interdisciplinarity
Bridging Theories
Bridging Sciences, Formal Sciences and Individual Disciplines
BRIDGING CONCEPTS
From Theory to Practice: The Case of INSROP
THE INSROP PROGRAMME
Purpose and Goals
Thematic Composition
Thematic Approach
The Organizational Set-Up of the Study
THE HISTORICALAND POLITICALREALITY OF INSROP
The Politics of Initiation
The Politics of Implementation
The Political Impact on Scientific Results
THE PHILOSOPHY, THEORIES OF SCIENCE AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY
Politics of Implementation and Synthesis of Knowledge
THE IMPACT OF DESIGN ON INTERDISCIPLINARITY
Cultural Diversity
Extended Peer Community
The Organizational Set-Up
THE CHOICE OF METHODOLOGICALTOOLS
The Degree of Integration of INSROPPublications
EXTERNALINFLUENCES
Politics and Science
History and Interdisciplinarity
INTERMEDIATE INFLUENCES
Philosophy and the Practice of INSROP
The Internal Circuit of Credibility
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Science without Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity in Research, Society and Politics

Science without Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity in Research, Society and Politics

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Science without Boundaries discusses the many issues involved in going beyond disciplinary research practices in science, politics and society, and addresses the complexities of their interface. Governments and politicians are increasingly calling upon the scientific community to deal with global challenges such as climate change, poverty, international governance, peace-making et cetera. These are calls for interdisciplinary research - calls to deal with the interaction of parts in complex systems. The book addresses questions like these: -Does interdisciplinary research fit into the overall disciplinary organization of the sciences? -Does interdisciplinary research meet the high scientific standards of the research community? -How does the science community adopt to changing circumstances? -How responsive is the science community to social and political needs? -To what extent do governments intervene to influence science? -What pattern of interaction exists between politics, society and research? Polar research is used to show how politics may intermingle with science to safeguard national interests in times of dramatic international change.
Science without Boundaries discusses the many issues involved in going beyond disciplinary research practices in science, politics and society, and addresses the complexities of their interface. Governments and politicians are increasingly calling upon the scientific community to deal with global challenges such as climate change, poverty, international governance, peace-making et cetera. These are calls for interdisciplinary research - calls to deal with the interaction of parts in complex systems. The book addresses questions like these: -Does interdisciplinary research fit into the overall disciplinary organization of the sciences? -Does interdisciplinary research meet the high scientific standards of the research community? -How does the science community adopt to changing circumstances? -How responsive is the science community to social and political needs? -To what extent do governments intervene to influence science? -What pattern of interaction exists between politics, society and research? Polar research is used to show how politics may intermingle with science to safeguard national interests in times of dramatic international change.

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