, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 169-175

Philosophy of (and as) Interdisciplinarity. Workshop Report (Atlanta, September 28–29, 2009)

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Since the 1970s, “interdisciplinarity” has become a popular label ascribed to innumerable research programs. Interdisciplinarity is driven by expected benefits of solving problems collaboratively across the boundaries of traditional disciplines and, from a different perspective, by ethical and societal problems at the intersection of science, technology and society. These problems led to the establishment of technology assessment, global change studies, sustainability research, and an abundance of interdisciplinary collaborations across many fields and all over the globe. Interdisciplinary projects are now funded by national and international research agencies, and these agencies came to perceive it as their vital interest to develop the knowledge and methodological tools necessary to evaluate the results of their investments.

However, it is remarkable that after more than 30 years of public and scientific debate there is still no consensus about the exact meaning of popular catchwords