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MATO, Daniel. No hay saber "universal", la colaboración intercultural es imprescindible. Alteridades [online]. 2008, vol.18, n.35, pp.101-116. ISSN 2448-850X.

There is no "universal" knowledge. Intercultural collaboration is essential. Within some significant circles, in which the representation of the idea of "science" is produced, scientific research is carried out, science policies are made and applied or academic education is taught, the implicit or explicit references to the alleged existence of two sorts of knowledge (one of which would have "universal" validity since the other would not) are quite frequent and do have practical effect over our academic work. The acknowledgment of this situation calls for a deep debate, although outstanding authors such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Tomas Kuhn, among others, have criticized from varied perspectives such Universalist statements and although many people have got to convergent conclusions from diverse kind of experiences. This article responds to such purpose by attempting to integrate the argumentation of ideas and proposals formulated by some outstanding intellectuals who self-identify as indigenous. Additionally, this article explores some of the challenges, possibilities and difficulties concerning the intercultural collaboration in the knowledge production.

Palabras llave : interculturality; epistemology; science; knowledge; university.

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