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Serper (2015) The Transformation project


Testing Transformation through Dialectics








Edited by Alon Serper




Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute









Serper, A. (Ed.). (2015). Testing Transformation through Dialectics. Trébol Press, Los Angeles, USA (, possibly in collaboration with Unisa Press, RSA (

What the book is about


The book constitutes a lever for a dialectical dialogue on qualitative transformation. Qualitative transformation refers to the dialectical practice of summoning up change through enquiry, fusion of contradictions and dialogue, where the dialoguing sides co-enquire together on how to advance knowledge and during which neither side tries to outweigh the other.   


The transformation evolves through collectively ‘pushing boundaries’ based on the Socratic dialectics rather than the Popperian method of validation through refutation of the alternative.


In this book, different authors across a range of disciplines reveal how they perceive transformation, and suggest how such transformation could be critically analysed, evaluated and understood to resolve existing bottlenecks in their field that hinder transformation into transdisciplinary enquiry from taking place. 


The focus here is on dialects to catalyse transformation that might be achieved through critically analysing the past and observing the present to enable visions for advancement into the future.  This process includes a rationalisation and an analysis of the meaning of an improvement on the existing. 


The methodology followed by researchers, practitioners and theorists is rooted in critical reflection, discussions and co-exploration (both electronically and face-to-face) of what “transformation” means to each contributor in this book, and how their linguistic terms are to be evaluated in defining transformation without semantics.   


Where are we; and where are we going to? Where should we go and what type and model of transformation should/could we aim for? What are the authors’ critical analyses of transformation that has taken place and what transformation may be taking place presently; and what is their perception of the type of transformation that ought to be pursued?  What is the meaning of transformation; and what type of transformation will enhance different disciplines and fields? And how can different disciplines/fields ─‘parts’─ transform into a greater ‘whole’ through assembling and processing their information?


The objective of the book


The aim of the book is to offer for public dialectical dialogue personal accounts and explanations (theories) of what is understood by “transformation”; how to evaluate, analyse and measure it, and explore the elements that hinder transformation into stable holistic connections.





Posted by Alon Serper on 28 May 2015 15:58:28

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