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The Public intellectual in Canada
     

The Public intellectual in Canada

by Nelson Wiseman
 

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This illuminating, entertaining, and timely volume examines the place and impact of public intellectuals in our rapidly changing and diverse society. Boasting an all-star cast of contributors – including some of Canada’s most prominent writers, journalists, and academics – it probes the role of public discourse and intellectual persuasion in

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This illuminating, entertaining, and timely volume examines the place and impact of public intellectuals in our rapidly changing and diverse society. Boasting an all-star cast of contributors – including some of Canada’s most prominent writers, journalists, and academics – it probes the role of public discourse and intellectual persuasion in shaping Canada’s past, present, and future.

The Public Intellectual in Canada examines how individuals have come to assume this role, how they are received by various publics, and what they have been able to accomplish. The pieces cover topics ranging from the potential and perils of advocacy to the influence of think tanks on public policy. Many pieces also delve into the roles of pollsters, political actors, pundits, social activists, economists, and ethicists, among others.

Broad in scope and stylistically diverse, these essays offer a fascinating overview of the links between thought, public exposition, and action in the fields of politics, science, and culture.

Editorial Reviews

University of Toronto Quarterly vol 84:03:2015 - Peter V. Krats

‘Wiseman offers a surprising range of topics; his editorial efforts enhance the overlapping insights… Even when one disagrees or is annoyed, one is rarely disinterested. That is no small achievement for some 250 pages.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442645264
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
07/22/2013
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Nelson Wiseman is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. A columnist for The Hill Times, he is also the author of the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title In Search of Canadian Political Culture.

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