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Multiple, connective intellection: the condition for invention

C S (Fanie) de Beer
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 11, No 2 | a82 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v11i2.82 | © 2015 C S (Fanie) de Beer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2016 | Published: 01 November 2015

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C S (Fanie) de Beer, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Since this article involves invention, the conditions for inventiveness become the issue: assuming multiple reality; thinking in a special way; transgressing boundaries; acknowledging networks (in the terms of Michel Serres: communication, transduction, interference, distribution, passages between the sciences. There are, however, misplaced expectations: technology should work wonders in this regard while forgetting that humans, redefined though, remain the key to establish connections and networks between people, paradigms, disciplines, sciences and technologies.

Against this background, Michel Serres’s emphasis on invention and “thinking as invention” and his a-critical anti-method – ‘connective, multiple intellection’ which is a special kind of thought – are desperately needed.

Guattari’s articulation of the three ecologies and the ecosophic views he developed in this regard provides a significant amplification of the approach of ‘multiple connective intellection’. These insights can be enlightened and strongly driven home through the views of Latour with an anthropological and socio-dynamic perspective on the scientific endeavour with the articulation of the actor-network theory inherited from Serres. The thoughtful beyond-methodology of Edgar Morin with his strong noological position as the ultimate condition for inventiveness, and Gregory Ulmer with his special emphasis on invention and inventiveness, especially with the help and assistance of electronic means (video and internet), and with his work with the architect Bernard Tschumi on invention and inventiveness, are of special significance in the sphere of inventiveness, the real and final guarantee for a spirited re-enchantment of the world as well as the final demonstration that the battle for intelligence as opposed to ignorance, stupidity and barbarism can be fought with great hope to succeed.


A-critical approach; actor-network theory; beyond-metod; complexity; ecosophy; euretic conditions; invention; inventiveness; multiple connective intellection; routes to invention; sets of conditions for invention


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