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ERIC Number: ED401853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 17
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Hermeneutics of Integrative Knowledge.
Shin, Un-chol
This paper examines and compares the formation processes and structures of three types of integrative knowledge that in general represent natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. These three types can be observed, respectively, in the philosophies of Michael Polanyi, Jurgen Habermas, and Paul Ricoeur. These types of integrative knowledge are featured in this paper because practically all academic institutions of higher learning today have divisions of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and because these philosophers have greatly influenced interdisciplinary scholarship in the past few decades. The paper's premise is that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, a notion that is the foundational principle for integrative knowledge. The examination of these three types of integrative knowledge leads to the conviction that what determines integrative studies is primarily the formation process for, not the content of, the structure of integrative knowledge. The act of integration is a dynamic process of achieving an ideal. Integrative studies are the future-oriented studies that examine primarily the dynamic aspects of the integrating process for achieving those ideals. (MAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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