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Integrating interdisciplinary problem solving through process

  • Brian Hepburn
  • Henrik Thorén
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Publication/Series: Historielärarnas Förenings Årsskrift
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Historielärarnas förening

Abstract english

An intuitive and appealing way to characterize problem solving is as the application of constraints which reduce the problem-solution space. Any advantage offered by interdisciplinary problem solving would then plausi- bly derive from the integration of constraints from the fields involved. We propose an account of interdisciplinary problem solving which treats the integration of constraints as an iterative process. Appealing to a general- ization of entity-activity dualism from mechanical explanation, we extend the accounts of Bechtel and of Craver to non-hierarchical, non-life-science, interdisciplinary problem-solving. Integration of disciplines occurs at the level of fields and their explanatory frameworks.


  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • mechanism
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • pluralism


  • ISSN: 0439-2434
Henrik Thorén
E-mail: henrik [dot] thoren [at] fil [dot] lu [dot] se

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