Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Whither Intellectuals?

Click here for a review of a book entitled "Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?"

Money quote from the review: "[British philosopher A. C.] Grayling argues that surprisingly few university academics in the English-speaking world are intellectuals 'in the sense of having wide interests of the mind and deep commitments in moral and political terms, often together with a vocation for deploying these in debate about matters of public concern.' A university academic is a specialist in a narrow field who publishes, usually in jargon, technical research in journals of interest only to other specialists."

A hefty percentage of that research is purely careerist, and only read by a relatively small subset of the specialists in those areas.


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