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Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? By Frank Furedi

Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? by Frank Furedi

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Explains the useful contribution of intellectuals both to culture and to democracy - and why we need to recreate a public sphere in which intellectuals and the general public can talk to each other again.

Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? Summary

Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism by Frank Furedi

The intellectual is an endangered species. In place of such people as Bertrand Russell, Raymond Williams or Hannah Arendt - people with genuine learning, breadth of vision and a concern for public issues - we now have only facile pundits, think tank apologists and spin-doctors. In the age of the knowledge economy, we have somehow managed to combine the widest ever participation in higher education with the most dumbed-down of cultures. In this urgent and passionate book, Frank Furedi explains the essential contribution of intellectuals both to culture and to democracy - and why we need to recreate a public sphere in which intellectuals and the general public can talk to each other again.

Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? Reviews

"'This vitally important book... packs a remarkable amount (politics, science, culture, education, post-modernism) into its 150-odd pages and, true to its Enlightenment loyalties, couches an explosive argument in admirably temperate terms.' Terry Eagleton, New Statesman 'The strength of this book lies in Furedi's ability to make new connections, and to use one social phenomenon to cast light on another.' Roger Scruton, The Times"

About Frank Furedi

Frank Furedi is Professor in Sociology at the University of Kent. His previous books include Culture of Fear (Continuum), Paranoid Parenting (Penguin) and Therapy Culture (Routledge). http://www.frankfuredi.com/

Table of Contents

Introduction: The land of the philistines revisited; Chapter 1: Devaluing the Intellect; Chapter 2: Trivial Pursuits; Chapter 3: Dumbing Down; Chapter 4: Social Engineering; Chapter 5: The Culture of Flattery; Chapter 6: Treating People as Children; Epilogue: A reply to the critics.

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GOR008349517
9780826490964
0826490964
Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?: Confronting 21st Century Philistinism by Frank Furedi
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2006-10-09
208
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