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ERIC Number: EJ1193680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4760
The Medial Character of Interdisciplinarity: Thinking in the Middle Voice
Kisner, Wendell
Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies, n35 p29-52 2017
Little research has been done on philosophical implications of the middle voice of early Greek and certain non-Western indigenous languages. In particular, the potential of such a medial ontology has yet to be even explored, much less realized, within the context of interdisciplinary studies. As a linguistic structure indicating an ambiguous middle ground between active and passive voices, the middle voice suggests a medial ontology that I develop with reference to Plato's late dialogues. I argue that conceiving interdisciplinarity in medial terms integrates at least some otherwise disparate interdisciplinary approaches, approaches that themselves stem from different disciplinary spheres of influence. Rather than proposing a global theory of interdisciplinarity, this article defends the medial resolution of a tension within interdisciplinary studies between construction and discovery, thereby suggesting an ontological point of departure for the development of such a theory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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