What does the word ‘Pansophy’ mean?
The name ‘Pansophy’ comes from two root words ‘Pan’ meaning all and ‘sophy’ as used to refer to the study of a particular branch of knowledge. Thus, ‘Pansophy’ is here used to mean ‘the study of all knowledge’. This photograph seems a fitting symbol of ‘pan-sophy’. The photograph shows one of several, very large technical library buildings located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
We started Pansophy Limited in 2006 to create a business entity that could be used to promote transdisciplinarity in New Zealand. Our mission in the area of education rests on two goals or pillars: (i) supporting the creation, development and adoption of transdisciplinary approaches to teaching, learning and knowledge development and (ii) the use of technology and information systems in education. These two goals are interrelated. Technology has ‘come-of-age’ and this means that it is now possible to contribute to teaching theory and practice, learning and knowledge development on a global scale.
Pansophy Limited builds on an incredibly rich legacy that draws on the work of educationalists and philosophers whose intellectual contributions underpin the emergence of a distinctive transdisciplinary theory of education. In particular, our work in the realm of transdisciplinary research, education and co-learning builds on the pioneering educational and Pansophic traditions of Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670), a Moravian Bishop. While not the first to have used the term ‘Pansophy’, Comenius gave special meaning to this term in a way that locates key aspects of his life work as an early contribution to what we today call mode-2 science (i.e. transdisciplinarity).