Much of Paul Rabinow’s work is centered on the need for restructuring science, but does not argue for the means by which we should do so. The following paper suggests various ways in which the sciences can be restructured so as to reengage society. Bryan Norton’s bridge concepts are suggested as a means to work past the narrow thinking which accompanies hyper-specialization and a lack of integration. Secondly, the need to acknowledge and examine the role of values in knowledge construction is highlighted. Next, I suggest the restructuring of our social systems needs to be accompanied by a restructuring of our habits of thought. This, in the end, necessitates local resistance and a greater focus on advocacy research as well as democratic deliberation.


Original Citation: Danielle L. Lake. "Restructuring Science, Re-Engaging Society"The Pluralist 7.3 (2012): 51-56.