Public Intellectuals

Public Intellectuals

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by Richard A. Posner
     
 

In this timely book, the first comprehensive study of the modern American public intellectual--that individual who speaks to the public on issues of political or ideological moment--Richard Posner charts the decline of a venerable institution that included worthies from Socrates to John Dewey. Leveling a balanced attack on liberal and conservative pundits alike, he… See more details below

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In this timely book, the first comprehensive study of the modern American public intellectual--that individual who speaks to the public on issues of political or ideological moment--Richard Posner charts the decline of a venerable institution that included worthies from Socrates to John Dewey. Leveling a balanced attack on liberal and conservative pundits alike, he describes the styles and genres, constraints and incentives, of the activity of public intellectuals and offers modest proposals for improving the quality of public discussion in America today. This paperback edition contains a new preface and and a new epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012462
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Pages:
468
Sales rank:
1,251,064
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface, 2003

Introduction

Part One: General Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

1. Setting the Stage

2. The Market for Public Intellectuals

3. Care and Insight

4. Prediction and Influence

5. More Public, Less Intellectual

Part Two: Genre Studies

6. The Literary Critic as Public Intellectual

7. Political Satire

8. The Jeremiah School

9. The Public Philosopher

10. The Public Intellectual and the Law

Conclusion: Improving the Market

Epilogue, 2003

Acknowledgments

Index

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