A german word whose meaning is co-world, i.e. the environment with which we are interdependent.
The term would usefully replace the "Umwelt" concept, at least for human system. In fact, most people see our Umwelt merely as the background that humans can exploit and use at their own convenience, feeling as they were "bosses"of nature, in an unlimited way (ECIMOVIC, T. et al., 2002, 1.4)
Contrarywise, "Mitwelt" clearly indicates that the relationship is reciprocal: people act and react with their specific environment in various distinct way:
- they must adapt to the nature of the environment: there are for example "desert cultures", islands cultures', arctic cultures"
- they must adapt and readapt to the natural variations of their environment
- they receive feedbacks from their action on the environment and must adapt to the consequences of these feedbacks
All this means moreover that the interdependence is a dynamic constantly ongoing and ever variable process
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- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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