Published in International Teilhard Compendium, centenary volume The Desire to be Human, 1983
In this article it is contended that before interdisciplinary integration can be successfully evolving in many different sections of society, it is necessary to solve a fundamental dualism, which lies at the root of the present society. This dualism lies in the misconception, which has been in existence for hundreds of years, that religion and science are two different worlds. It is the synthesis between these two ‘disciplines’, which forms a starting point for further integration and progress in the world.
A short account is given as to how, in the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the worlds of Luther, Rousseau and Marx remained separated from the world of Galilei, Newton and Darwin and that – besides Einstein – there is really no visionary ‘society’-reformer in the 20th century.
The synthesis between these worlds launched in the 20th century by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin offers points of contiguity for a solution of this dualism, with perspectives for the future. Further elaboration and adaptation of these thoughts can make a substantial contribution to progress in interdisciplinary integration and the future of society.
Interdisciplinary aspects in the commercial enterprise
Within an enterprise, certainly in the bigger enterprises, interdisciplinary common boundaries are frequently present and an appropriate integration is essential for survival in the competitive struggle. After all, the enterprise is a combat organization1 and co-operation between various disciplines is a necessity for its continuity. Distinct examples are the technical, commercial, financial, legal and social disciplines.
One aspect to be considered is ‘static’ interdiscipline, i.e., the proper integration of the various departments in respect of the existing situation for current contracts and procedures, in order to offer the best technical performance in the shortest possible time at the lowest cost price and the most favourable terms and conditions of sale. But apart from this there is the ‘dynamic’ interdiscipline – whereby developments in the market, technology, the financial world and the social and political relationships are anticipated. This development sector is growing in importance.
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