Volume 9 Issue 7 - 2020
Higher-Level and Horizontal Interdisciplinarity
Hans Lenk*
University of Karlsruhe, Germany
*Corresponding Author: Hans Lenk, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Received: April 29, 2020; Published: June 08, 2020

It is well known that most of the topical problems of our times cannot be addressed in clean disciplinary separations or total disciplinary make-up, but they are only successfully to be addressed in interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary or even supra-disciplinary manner. For instance, ecological problems are not just natural science questions, but of course they are not only cultural or social humanities problem areas either. In the overriding and comprehensive problems of our society and age we encounter a complex of not only internal interaction and interconnection if not mashing of the prospective disciplinary areas. We need more abstract plus disciplinary methods, disciplines and technologies, so to speak generalized operational techniques in order to get a more formal or abstract or methodological perspective. This is even true for the humanities in the narrow sense. It is quite obvious that in the last decades the techniques of information processing, electronic data-retrieval and processing as well as other information techniques have penetrated also the humanities. We deal here generally with information or, to be more precise, interpreted information as well as processes and results of interpretations. Using a rather technical methodological term since 1978 I proposed to talk, as we saw, of “interpretation constructs” [1] or “schemeinterpretation” [2]. In referring to rather artificial and/or abstract “objects” of description I would list them as “interpretata” or even “schematisata”, i.e. the results of schematisations or interpretation processes (qua the activation of schemes) amounting to be looked at as a “higher order”, if rather “refined material”, of the sciences and humanities as well as the relevant information processing disciplines.

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Citation: Hans Lenk. “Higher-Level and Horizontal Interdisciplinarity”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.7 (2020): 17-25.

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