Public Intellectuals

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Current Events - 456 pages
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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PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS: A Study of Decline

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Contents

Introduction
1
General Theoreticaland Empirical Analysis
15
Genre Studies
221
Improving the Market
387
Epilogue 2003
399
Acknowledgments
447
Index
449
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Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

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