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  1. Great one. Makes a point certainly. Any kind of distinction that creates fences between various knowledges is problematic – even something as seemingly different as geometry and poetry. At the level of reality knowledges by their very nature come together to serve humanity’s struggles with nature. For heuristic purposes, yes – distinctions might be essential. But to treat them as ends in themselves only serves vested interests, by which I mean professors in universities who need to keep their chairs warm for themselves and their proteges – not to mention this criminal system that thrives on divisions rather than celebrate differences.

  2. I’d agree with this to an extent but I think there are intrinsic limits to interdisciplinarity. There are often unacknowledged complementarities between disciplines which, through careful theoretical and methodological work, can be drawn out and rendered practically useful (applied linguistics and qualitative social research is what I’m thinking of in particular). Ironically enough the main obstacle to recognising these unactualised potentials is the specialist knowledge which identifying them would allow us to transcend (if you see what I mean).

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