About me


In defense of interdisciplinary studies

I used to study Management Engineering. That is a sort of fusion of technological and economic topics. I remember I chose such a path on purpose: because it was supposed to give me a panel of intellectual tools to understand the ‘dark’ side the world as it appeared to me: a connected web of technological and economic issues. Dark not as ‘bad’ but as obscured by my ignorance. I was eager to handle such tools. I do not know if the world now is less dark than before, or if such darkness got new and deeper nuances of meaning. Maybe both. The thing is that during my studies I realized that a lot of people coming from other faculties of Economy, Social Sciences or Engineering claimed to be less ignorant than me in their specific fields and that we, from my faculty, did not know basically anything serious. The first claim is certainly true and necessary (we favour breath wrt depth). I suffered it a lot. As for the second, well, sometime it is difficult to react because it is hard to defend that a synopsis composed of deficient elements could be of much value. As usual, problems are neither new nor particularly exclusive. Kennet Dorter comments, in a paper about the Plato’s dialog between Socrates and Ion: “[..] could not one use the same argument to show that any skill or science which has subdivisions must be non-cognitive, since there would be a specialist for each the subdivisions that constitute the whole? Thus it might be argued that a general practitioner of medicine cannot really be said to have medical knowledge, because in any given medical field there will be an expert more knowledgeable than he. The general practitioners does have a genuine medical knowledge in that he has studied the principles of medicine, but *chooses* to concentrate on the totality and interrelation of general principle rather than the details of one isolated branch. In doing so he performs a cognitive function different from that of any of the specialists, which is why he continues to thrive. Similarly, the philosopher requires knowledge of the various fields with which he deals, and studies them in order to bring these various pursuits together so as to understand their general principles and their relations one another, and he thus performs a cognitive function different from any of the others.” (Kennet Dorter, The Ion: Plato’s characterization of Art, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 32, No. 1, Autumn, 1973, 65-78). My humanist and humanitarian sides are happy I share my destiny with philosophers and general practitioners;)

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  1. Complimenti per il blog.

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