Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, with a New Preface and Epilogue

Public Intellectuals A Study of Decline with a New Preface and Epilogue 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 chart

  • Title: Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, with a New Preface and Epilogue
  • Author: Richard A. Posner
  • ISBN: 9780674012462
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, with a New Preface and Epilogue

    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.With the rapid growth of the media in recent years, highly visible forums for disIn 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.With the rapid growth of the media in recent years, highly visible forums for discussion have multiplied, while greater academic specialization has yielded a growing number of narrowly trained scholars Posner tracks these two trends to their inevitable intersection a proliferation of modern academics commenting on topics outside their ken The resulting scene one of off the cuff pronouncements, erroneous predictions, and ignorant policy proposals compares poorly with the performance of earlier public intellectuals, largely nonacademics whose erudition and breadth of knowledge were well suited to public discourse.Leveling a balanced attack on liberal and conservative pundits alike, Posner describes the styles and genres, constraints and incentives, of the activity of public intellectuals He identifies a market for this activity one with recognizable patterns and conventions but an absence of quality controls And he offers modest proposals for improving the performance of this market and the quality of public discussion in America today.This paperback edition contains a new preface and and a new epilogue.

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    One thought on “Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, with a New Preface and Epilogue

    1. John David

      I’ve always been interested in the idea of the intellectual, and especially our ideas about whether or not the intellectual has special work to do in the public sphere. This idea of the “public intellectual,” which Richard Posner defines as someone who is brought up in the academy but often writes on topics outside their area of expertise or spends time popularizing their own work, seems to be a relatively new one. There have always been intellectuals who wrote for popular audiences and th [...]

    2. Ci

      (Note: it is not a true "read" for this book. Just a fast glance-through.)Posner's critique of "Public Intellectuals"lies in today's twin forces: saturation of media and the ever narrowing of academic specialties. The symbolic goods that public intellectuals are providing to through the mass media is a combination of information, opinion, entertainment and formation of solidarity. Posner called the supply and demand of this symbolic goods in the economic terms of pricing equilibrium. There are t [...]

    3. Manuel J.

      The book started with a far fetched aim: to establish analysis of public intellectuals' interventions as an academic field of study. I'm not sure if the effort is worth it, but that's just my opinion.The book itself is an illustration of the old saying about the honesty of Cesar's wife. If people in general, just by being humans, do not care enough about their public intervention in order to make them a reasonably serious business, I do not think that much can be made about it.I would like to se [...]

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