Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species?

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Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species? investigates the definition, role, and decline of public intellectuals in American society. Drawing from a wide range of commentaries and studies, this edited collection demonstrates the unique importance of public intellectuals and probes the timely question of how their voices can continue to be effective in our ever-changing social, academic, and political climates.
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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
Scholars of all types will find material of interest. Personal favorites include Lewis Coser's discussion of intellectuals as celebrities, Theodore Draper's essay on intellectuals in politics, Joseph Epstein's reflections on public intellectuals in the 1950s and 1960s and the Basic Book forum on the future of public intellectuals. 2007
William A. Galston
Public Intellectuals collects many of the finest essays produced on this topic in recent decades, and Etzioni's Introduction brings clarity to a topic that is all too often the victim of partisanship, vague impressions, and unreliable statistics. Anyone interested in the unique role of intellectuals with public voices will profit from this volume.
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Amitai Etzioni is one of America's most creative public intellectuals, and this collection of articles will be an important challenge to the many in academia who use their brilliant talents to address trivia and the many in the media who address important issues but without the level of intellectual sophistication that Etzioni and the other writers in this collection bring to the table.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742542556
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Rights & Responsibilities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Amitai Etzioni is University Professor at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of many influential books, including The Spirit of Community and The New Golden Rule. Alyssa Bowditch is an executive assistant at the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : are public intellectuals an endangered species? 1
Ch. 1 What are public intellectuals? : definition and overview
Public intellectuals, public life, and the university 31
The future of the public intellectual : a forum 51
Ch. 2 Roles of public intellectuals
Intellectuals, dissent, and bureaucrats 71
Why public intellectuals? 81
The calling of the public intellectual 91
Forum 95
Ch. 3 The divide : academic vs. free-standing public intellectuals
The public intellectual, service learning, and activist research 101
Race and the public intellectual : a conversation with Michael Eric Dyson 111
In over their heads 153
Forum 157
Ch. 4 On the decline of public intellectuals
The intellectual : will he wither away? 161
The graying of the intellectuals 165
Intellectuals after the revolution 173
Intellectuals - public and otherwise 185
Forum 195
Ch. 5 A continuing presence : public intellectuals and change
Intellectuals in politics 201
The intellectual as celebrity 227
Forum 241
Ch. 6 Speaking truth to power
On knowledge and power 247
The Reith lectures : speaking truth to power 259
All the presidents' brains 267
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