In this paper, I want to talk about the activity of intellectual integration itself: about what it can mean to integrate-to put together in a complex whole-aspects of our culture, or of the world, that seem to us disparate or unconnected; and what it can mean in so doing to integrate-to bring together in interactive life-aspects of our own minds and beings that we normally separate or divide from each other: I want to think of integration, that is-and of its opposite, disintegration-as taking place on two planes of existence at once, the cultural and the individual. For what is at stake for us in the fragmentation of our culture is the fragmentation of our own minds and lives; and the integrative processes by which we resist this fragmentation on one plane of experience, as we try to bring things together to make new wholes, are simultaneously at work on the other as well.
White, James Boyd. "Intellectual Integration." Nw. U. L. Rev. 82 (1987): 1-18.