Accidental integration: a three case study

On this blog we’ve seen many instances of integration that were proper, in the sense that they did not leave us questioning whether integrations were successful and done by integrators. However, in the first post on new aesthetics we’ve analyzed an integration that was not quite what we’ve encountered before, or one that we might not have expected to have ever existed. This finding caused me to try to explain this phenomenon of integrations that are not made by integrators, thus known as accidental integrations. This discussion could at least help us further develop our understanding of such integrations. So the question that I think may be interesting for those who study integrative philosophy is the following: Can we say what causes accidental integration? I’d like to review the most well-known accidental integrations to date and see if we can find patterns that will help us answer on this question. Continue reading