This paper concludes a book on ‘cultural traits’ which features 20 contributions from the most diverse disciplines, from cultural anthropology to archaeology, from psychology to history, from economics to musicology. The paper dodges the attempt to make a conceptual synthesis, arguing positively for such avoidance. Borrowing a term from the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the paper likens the book, Understanding Cultural Traits, to a catalysis meeting, i.e., a lowering of disciplinary barriers that influences the disciplines’ culture of data, broadens the scientific vision, and generates scientific collaborations. Catalysis is not alternative to synthesis. It is a different phase of scientific progress, one that can be hindered by an obsession for concepts and by an urge to close the discourse.

Serrelli, E. (2016). Concluding remarks: Removing barriers in scientific research: Concepts, synthesis and catalysis. In F. Panebianco, & E. Serrelli (a cura di), Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity (pp. 403-410). Springer International Publishing [10.1007/978-3-319-24349-8_22].

Concluding remarks: Removing barriers in scientific research: Concepts, synthesis and catalysis

SERRELLI, EMANUELE
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2016

Abstract

This paper concludes a book on ‘cultural traits’ which features 20 contributions from the most diverse disciplines, from cultural anthropology to archaeology, from psychology to history, from economics to musicology. The paper dodges the attempt to make a conceptual synthesis, arguing positively for such avoidance. Borrowing a term from the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the paper likens the book, Understanding Cultural Traits, to a catalysis meeting, i.e., a lowering of disciplinary barriers that influences the disciplines’ culture of data, broadens the scientific vision, and generates scientific collaborations. Catalysis is not alternative to synthesis. It is a different phase of scientific progress, one that can be hindered by an obsession for concepts and by an urge to close the discourse.
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Scientifica
Capitolo o saggio
Conceptual analysis; Cultural traits; Interdisciplinarity; Scientific concepts; Synthesis;
Synthesis, Interdisciplinarity, Scientific concepts, Conceptual analysis, Cultural traits
eng
Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity
9783319243474
Serrelli, E. (2016). Concluding remarks: Removing barriers in scientific research: Concepts, synthesis and catalysis. In F. Panebianco, & E. Serrelli (a cura di), Understanding Cultural Traits: A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Cultural Diversity (pp. 403-410). Springer International Publishing [10.1007/978-3-319-24349-8_22].
Serrelli, E
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