Transdisciplinarity—A Bold Way into the Academic Future, from a European Medievalist Perspective and or the Rediscovery of Philology?

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Abstract

This essay examines the challenges and opportunities provided by transdisciplinarity from the point of view of medieval literature. This approach is situated within the universal framework of General Education or Liberal Arts, which in turn derives its essential inspiration from medieval and ancient learning. On the one hand, the various recent efforts to work transdisciplinarily are outlined and discussed; on the other, a selection of medieval narratives and one modern German novel plus one eighteenth-century ode are examined to illustrate how a transdisciplinary approach could work productively in order to innovate the principles of the modern university or all academic learning, putting the necessary tools of twenty-first century epistemology into the hands of the new generation. The specific angle pursued here consists of drawing from the world of medieval philosophy and literature as a new launching pad for future endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96
JournalHumanities (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Boccaccio
  • Dante Alighieri
  • Fortunatus
  • Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
  • Gottfried von Strassburg
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Herrad of Hohenburg
  • Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
  • Rudolf von Ems
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Wolfram von Eschenbach
  • general education
  • liberal arts
  • mysticism
  • transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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