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Public intellectuals : a study of decline

Public intellectuals : a study of decline

Author: Richard A Posner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001.
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The author argues that the quality of writing and thinking of public intellectuals has steadily declined over the past seven decades, and offers some reasons why, as well as proposals for improving the standards of public discourse.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Posner, Richard A.
Public intellectuals.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Posner
ISBN: 067400633X 9780674006331 0674012461 9780674012462
OCLC Number: 47099311
Description: vi, 408 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: General theoretical and empirical analysis. Setting the stage --
The Market for public intellectuals --
Care and insight --
Prediction and influence --
More public, less intellectual --
Part Two: Genre studies. The Literary critic as public intellectual --
Political satire --
The Jeremiah school --
The Public philosopher --
The Public intellectual and the law --
Conclusion: improving the market.
Responsibility: Richard A. Posner.
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