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Public Intellectuals
by Richard A. POSNER
Harvard University Press, 2001
Paper: 978-0-674-01246-2 | Cloth: 978-0-674-00633-1 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04227-8
Library of Congress Classification JK468.P64P67 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.5520973

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. Leveling a balanced attack on liberal and conservative pundits alike, he describes the styles and genres, constraints and incentives, of the activity of public intellectuals and offers modest proposals for improving the quality of public discussion in America today. This paperback edition contains a new preface and and a new epilogue.
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