Intellectuals and the Crisis of Modernity

Intellectuals and the Crisis of Modernity

by Carl Boggs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791415430

ISBN-13: 9780791415436

Pub. Date: 08/01/1993

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book explores the role of intellectuals in politics and social change from traditional society to the present. Its theoretical structure is based upon six distinct types of intellectual activity. The rise and decline of specific types is analyzed in the historical context of industrialization, technological change, shifting social forces, and the emergence of

Overview

This book explores the role of intellectuals in politics and social change from traditional society to the present. Its theoretical structure is based upon six distinct types of intellectual activity. The rise and decline of specific types is analyzed in the historical context of industrialization, technological change, shifting social forces, and the emergence of popular movements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791415436
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Series:
SUNY series in Radical Social and Political Theory Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: Intellectuals, Politics, and Theory

2. Pre-Industrial Society and the Origins of Jacobinism

Intellectuals and Politics

Varieties of Jacobinism

Anti-Jacobin Responses

3. Intellectuals and the Marxist Tradition

Marxism—A Divided Legacy

Lenin's Marxist Jacobinism

The Spontaneist Critique

The Gramscian Synthesis

The Triumph of Jacobinism

4. Modernity and the Transformation of Intellectuals

Fragmentation and Jacobinism: The Italian Case

Postwar Development: From Cleavage to Convergence

Modernity and the Rise of a Technocratic Intelligentsia

A New Jacobinism?

5. The University, Modernity, and the Diffusion of Technocratic Discourse

Professionalism and the Cult of Technology

The Rationalization of Academic Life

The Academic Subversion of Marxism

Theory for What?

Conclusions

6. The Crisis of Modernity: Technocratic, Critical, and Other Intellectuals

New Sources of Cleavage, New Modes of Opposition

The Critical Enterprise—Past and Present

Intellectuals and New Social Movements

The Future of Intellectuals

Epilogue: Intellectuals and the Collapse of Communism

Notes

Index

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