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Portraits : a gallery of intellectuals

Author: Edward Shils; Joseph Epstein
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1997.
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In these vivid portraits of prominent twentieth-century intellectuals, Edward Shils couples the sensitivity of a biographer with the profound knowledge of a highly respected scholar. Ranging as widely across various disciplines as Shils himself did, the essays gathered here share a distaste for faddists who "run with the intellectual mob" and a deep respect for intellectuals who maintain their integrity under great  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Shils; Joseph Epstein
ISBN: 0226753360 9780226753362 0226753379 9780226753379
OCLC Number: 35138634
Description: 255 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: My friend Edward / by J. Epstein --
A gallery of academics, mainly in Chicago --
Raymond Aron --
Nirad C. Chaudhuri --
Sidney Hook --
Robert Maynard Hurchins --
Leopold Labedz --
Harold Laski --
Karl Mannheim --
Arnaldo Dante Momigliano --
John U. Nef --
Leo Szilard.
Responsibility: Edward Shils ; edited, and with an introduction by Joseph Epstein.
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In these vivid portraits of prominent twentieth-century intellectuals, Edward Shils couples the sensitivity of a biographer with the profound knowledge of a highly respected scholar. Ranging as widely across various disciplines as Shils himself did, the essays gathered here share a distaste for faddists who "run with the intellectual mob" and a deep respect for intellectuals who maintain their integrity under great pressure. Highlights include an affectionate treatment of Leo Szilard, the physicist whose involvement with the development of the atomic bomb led him to work ceaselessly to address its social consequences; a discussion of the educational philosophy of Robert Maynard Hutchins, the University of Chicago's fifth and most controversial president; an appreciative account of the Polish emigre Leopold Labedz's well-informed and outspoken resistance to Communism; and an essay about the extraordinary Indian writer Nirad Chaudhuri.

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