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Research on Scientific Research
A Transdisciplinary Study

Edited by Mauro Maldonato and Ricardo Pietrobon

Mauro Maldonato is a psychiatrist and Professor at the University of Basilicata, Italy. He was a visiting professor at many universities in Europe and America. His research focuses on the fields of evaluation of neurophysiological findings from an epistemologic perspective.

Ricardo Pietrobon is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor at Duke University, USA. His research focuses on the study of process in biomedical research from a systems perspective. He currently directs a research network with ramifications in the US, South America and Europe


Research on Scientific Research sets out to explain how scientific research is conducted. Editors Mauro Maldonato and Ricardo Pietrobon and Contributors focus on the emerging inter/transdisciplinary dimensions of research. They use an approach grounded in the sciences of complexity to counteract the disciplinary fragmentation and decontextualization created by a reductionist approach.

The underlying theme throughout all the chapters is a practical focus on improving the way practitioners conduct and educate for scientific research. By rejecting the reductionistic approach to science, the authors propose research platforms that offer a broader perspective on the nature and practice of research, and the implications thereof for more complex and productive research environments.

This volume combines leading-edge essays that focus on the inter/ transdisciplinary study of research systems, from a group of international researchers from Italy, the UK and the United States. While the book is essential reading for all those involved in planning scientific research projects, the arguments put forward for the conduct of research have broader implications and applications for the social sciences and education.

List of Contributors

1 Introduction: What is Research on Research?
Ricardo Pietrobon and Mauro Maldonato

2 Scientific Innovation, Innovation Architects, and Interdisciplinary Ecologies: A Theoretical Model
Ricardo Pietrobon, Jatin Shah, and Mauro Maldonato

3 Research about Research as a Psychologist Views It
Santo Di Nuovo

4 Dilemmas as Complex Universes of Discourse
Giuseppe Mininni

5 Embodied Mind and Knowledge: Prolegomena for a Neuro-Phenomenological Theory
Mauro Maldonato and Silvia Dell’Orco

6 Mirror Neurons and Skilful Coping: Motor Intentionality between Sensorimotor and Ideomotor Schemata in Goal-Directed Actions
Massimiliano Cappuccio

7 Modern Science as a New Philosophy of Nature: From a non-Euclidean Description of Proteins to Biomaterials
Antonio Mario Tamburro

8 Transdisciplinarity and Creative Inquiry in Transformative Education: Researching the Research Degree
Alfonso Montuori

9 A Complex Ethics for Scientific Knowledge
Edgard de Assis Carvalho

10 Notes on the Complex Method and the Challenges of Research
Maria da Conceição de Almeida

11 Revisiting James in Light of Dreyfus: Consciousness, Decision-Making, and Implications for Science
Ricardo Pietrobon, Massimiliano Cappuccio,
and Mauro Maldonato


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Publication Details

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224 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
January 2010
  Illustrated:   No
Paperback Price:
£22.50 / $49.50

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