The Public Intellectual

By looking at scholarly life in the West, this work explores the relationship between thought and action, ideas and events, reason and history.


Author: Richard M. Zinman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780585463223

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Whether intellectuals are counter-cultural escapists corrupting the young or secular prophets leading us to prosperity, they are a fixture of modern political life. In The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics, Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman bring together a wide variety of noted scholars to discuss the characteristics, nature, and role of public thinkers. By looking at scholarly life in the West, this work explores the relationship between thought and action, ideas and events, reason and history.

The New Public Intellectual

The essays in this collection provide a number of different ways to imagine the fate of public intellectuals and offers a thorough exploration of the commonplace ideologies and politics associated with them.


Author: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137581624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 202

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What are the theoretical parameters that produce the category public intellectual? By pondering the conceptual elements that inform the term, this book offers not just a political critique, but a sense of the new challenges its meanings present. This collection complicates the notion of public intellectual while arguing for its continued urgency in communities formal and informal, institutional and abstract. While it is not quite accurate to say public intellectuals have disappeared entirely, it is clear they function differently in an age of global neoliberalism and techno-digital overdrive. Today the idea of the public intellectual bears only the slightest resemblance to what it was fifty or even twenty-five years ago. The essays in this collection provide a number of different ways to imagine the fate of public intellectuals and offers a thorough exploration of the commonplace ideologies and politics associated with them.

The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope

The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Lilefield, 2003.P rint. Plato. The Collected Dialogues of Plato, Including the Leers. Ed. Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns. Princeton: PrincetonU P, 1961 ...


Author: Joel Faflak

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442665750

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope brings together a number of winners of the Polanyi Prize in Literature – a group whose research constitutes a diversity of methodological approaches to the study of culture – to examine the rich but often troubled association between the concepts of the public, the intellectual (both the person and the condition), culture, and hope. The contributors probe the influence of intellectual life on the public sphere by reflecting on, analyzing, and re-imagining social and cultural identity. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope reflects on the challenging and often vexed work of intellectualism within the public sphere by exploring how cultural materials – from foundational Enlightenment writings to contemporary, populist media spectacles – frame intellectual debates within the clear and ever-present gaze of the public writ large. These serve to illuminate how past cultures can shed light on present and future issues, as well as how current debates can reframe our approaches to older subjects.

Writers as Public Intellectuals

Melzer, Arthur M., Weinberger, Jerry and Zinman, M. Richard (eds) (2003), The Public Intellectual, Between Philosophy and Politics (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield). Misztal, Barbara (2007), Intellectuals and the Public Good, ...


Author: Odile Heynders

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137467645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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This book demonstrates how authors performing the role of a public intellectual discuss ideas and opinions regarding society while using literary strategies and devices in and beyond the text. Their assumed persona thereby reads the world as a book - interpreting it and offering alternative scenarios for understanding it.

Public Intellectuals in the Global Arena

fit within this larger intellectual architecture of the evolving edifice of public intellectualism. ... and M. Richard Zinman, eds., The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).


Author: Michael C. Desch

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Pess

ISBN: 9780268100278

Category: Philosophy

Page: 418

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What is a public intellectual? Where are they to be found? What accounts for the lament today that public intellectuals are either few in number or, worse, irrelevant? While there is a small literature on the role of public intellectuals, it is organized around various thinkers rather than focusing on different countries or the unique opportunities and challenges inherent in varied disciplines or professions. In Public Intellectuals in the Global Arena, Michael C. Desch has gathered a group of contributors to offer a timely and far-reaching reassessment of the role of public intellectuals in a variety of Western and non-Western settings. The contributors delineate the centrality of historical consciousness, philosophical self-understanding, and ethical imperatives for any intelligentsia who presume to speak the truth to power. The first section provides in-depth studies of the role of public intellectuals in a variety of countries or regions, including the United States, Latin America, China, and the Islamic world. The essays in the second section take up the question of why public intellectuals vary so widely across different disciplines. These chapters chronicle changes in the disciplines of philosophy and economics, changes that "have combined to dethrone the former and elevate the latter as the preeminent homes of public intellectuals in the academy." Also included are chapters that consider the evolving roles of the natural scientist, the former diplomat, and the blogger as public intellectuals. The final section provides concluding perspectives about the duties of public intellectuals in the twenty-first century.

New Public Spheres

Public Intellectuals, Radical Democracy and Social Movements: A Book of Interviews. ... The decline of the public intellectual and the rise of the pundit, in The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics, edited by A.M. ...


Author: Peter Thijssen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317088158

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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The public sphere provides a domain of social life in which public opinion is expressed by means of rational discourse and debate. Habermas linked its historical development to the coffee houses and journals in England, Parisian salons and German reading clubs. He described it as a bourgeois public sphere, where private people come together and where they turn from a politically disempowered bourgeoisie into an effective political agent - the public intellectual. With communication networks being diversified and expanded over time, the worldwide web has put pressure on traditional public spheres. These new informal and horizontal networks shaped by the internet create new contexts in which an anonymous and dispersed public may gather in political e-communities to reflect critically on societal issues. These de-centered modes of communication and influence-seeking change the role of the (traditional) public intellectual and - at first sight - seem to make their contributions less influential. What processes, therefore, influence changes within public spheres and how can intellectuals assert authority within them? Should we speak of different types of intellectuals, according to the different modes of public intellectual engagement? This ground-breaking volume gives a multi-disciplinary account of the way in which public intellectuals have constructed their role and position in the public sphere in the past, and how they try to voice public concerns and achieve authority again within those fragmented public spheres today.

Sehnsucht The C S Lewis Journal

While committed to cultural issues, the public intellectual avoids formal ties to any political establishment, a connection ... 5 Arthur M. Melzer, “What Is an Intellectual?,” in The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics, ...


Author: Grayson Carter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610973243

Category: Religion

Page: 232

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Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, established by the Arizona C. S. Lewis Society in 2007, is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of C. S. Lewis and his writings published anywhere in the world. It exists to promote literary, theological, historical, biographical, philosophical, bibliographical and cultural interest (broadly defined) in Lewis and his writings. The journal includes articles, review essays, book reviews, film reviews and play reviews, bibliographical material, poetry, interviews, editorials, and announcements of Lewis-related conferences, events and publications. Its readership is aimed at academic scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as learned non-scholars and Lewis enthusiasts. At this time, Sehnsucht is published once a year.

The Rousseauian Mind

Kelly, C. (2002) Rousseau's Critique of the Public Intellectual in the Age of Enlightenment. In: Melzer, A., Weinberger, J., and Zinman, M.R. (eds.) (2003) The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics.


Author: Eve Grace

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429665226

Category: Philosophy

Page: 516

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) is a major figure in Western Philosophy and is one of the most widely read and studied political philosophers of all time. His writings range from abstract works such as On the Social Contract to literary masterpieces such as The Reveries of the Solitary Walker as well as immensely popular novels and operas. The Rousseauian Mind provides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising over forty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook covers: The predecessors and contemporaries to Rousseau’s work The major texts of the 'system' Autobiographical texts including Confessions, Reveries of the Solitary Walker and Dialogues Rousseau’s political science The successors to Rousseau’s work Rousseau applied today. Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Rousseau’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, the Enlightenment, French studies, the history of philosophy and political theory.

Justice and World Order

Arthur M. Melzer, “What Is an Intellectual,” in Richard M. Zinman, Jerry Weinberger, and Arthur M. Melzer (eds.), The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2004). 19.


Author: George Andreopoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000545272

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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This book critically assesses the impact of Richard A. Falk’s scholarship, which has spanned nearly six decades and addressed key issues at the intersections of international law and relations. Falk has offered powerful insights on the nature and reach of international law, international relations, and the structure of their respective processes in order to assess the main challenges to the creation of a just "world order," the path-breaking concept which he has helped to develop. Continuing in the critical spirit that has informed Richard’s work as a scholar and a public intellectual, this book reflects a multiplicity of perspectives and approaches in the analysis and assessment of these selected themes. This volume looks at four key themes of Falk’s work: • International Law and International Relations Theories and Concepts • War, Peace, and Human Security • Social and Political Justice, and • The Scholar as Citizen and Activist This will be a useful book for scholars and students of international law, global governance, political theory, and international relations theory, and for those studying human security, international organizations, and transnational activism.

The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy

2013: The Crisis of the European Union: A Response. Cambridge: Polity Press. Hassner, Pierre. 2003. 'Public Intellectuals and the Experience of Totalitarianism' in The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics edited by ...


Author: Knud Erik Jorgensen

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781473914438

Category: Political Science

Page: 1096

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During the last two decades the study of European foreign policy has experienced remarkable growth, presumably reflecting a more significant international role of the European Union. The Union has significantly expanded its policy portfolio and though empty symbolic politics still exists, the Union’s international relations have become more substantial and its foreign policy more focused. European foreign policy has become a dynamic policy area, being adapted to changing challenges and environments, such as the Arab Spring, new emerging economies/powers; the crisis of multilateralism and much more. The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Two-Volume set, is a major reference work for Foreign Policy Programmes around the world. The Handbook is designed to be accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in a wide variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Both volumes are structured to address areas of critical concern to scholars at the cutting edge of all major dimensions of foreign policy. The volumes are composed of original chapters written specifically to the following themes: · Research traditions and historical experience · Theoretical perspectives · EU actors · State actors · Societal actors · The politics of European foreign policy · Bilateral relations · Relations with multilateral institutions · Individual policies · Transnational challenges The Handbook will be an essential reference for both advanced students and scholars.