Edgar Morin is a French philosopher and sociologist best known for his academic work on complexity and ‘complex thought‘. His methodology is multidisciplinary — drawing inspiration from a plethora of fields such as cybernetics, ecology, anthropology, Marxist theory, information theory, and general systems theory. Not surprisingly, he is often credited for helping establish the foundations of ‘transdisciplinarity’.
Below is a video of Professor Morin speaking at length on “7 Complex Lessons in Education”, in which he discusses epistemology, human ethics, community, and the state of perennial uncertainty. The audio is recorded in French (w/ English subtitles), so I have taken the time to transcribe his words below if you prefer to read in a more standard format :
- Detecting Error, Illusion & Pertinence in Knowledge
We are living in a historic period. The first great reform dates back to the early 19th century when modern universities introduced scientific disciplines. Looking back, we realize [now] that these disciplines enabled great progress. Yet they limit knowledge because they are separated from each other. And this separation prevents us from addressing the fundamental global problems. Not just those of our individual lives, but those of our lives as citizens and as human beings on this planet. Continue reading