Intellectuals: an endangered species in the twenty-first century?
UNSPECIFIED (2004) Intellectuals: an endangered species in the twenty-first century? In: Dynamics of Ideas Workshop, Bristol, ENGLAND, NOV 07-08, 2003. Published in: ECONOMY AND SOCIETY, 33 (4). pp. 463-483.Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0308514042000285242
This article surveys the problems facing the existence of intellectuals in the twenty-first century by reflecting on the historical and conceptual conditions that have enabled them to flourish in the past but less so in recent times. The first part considers several strands of contemporary philosophical and social thought that, despite their progressive veneer, have served to undermine the legitimacy of the intellectual's role. This delegitimation is largely traceable to a scepticism about the existence of ideas that are simultaneously normative and manipulable. The second part deals with the rise of anti-intellectualism in philosophy and psychology in the twentieth century, focusing especially on the debates surrounding 'psychologism'. The third part examines what remains the most attractive expression of antiintellectualism, namely, invisible-hand thinking and its late nineteenth-century transformation through the influence of statistics, evolution and epidemiology. In the conclusion, the main strands of the argument are drawn together in a sketch of an overall account of the rise and fall of the intellectual in the modern era. Finally, I provide one strategy for stemming the current tide of anti-intellectualism by reinterpreting the currently popular concept of 'heuristics'.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Journal or Publication Title:||ECONOMY AND SOCIETY|
|Publisher:||ROUTLEDGE TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 463-483|
|Title of Event:||Dynamics of Ideas Workshop|
|Location of Event:||Bristol, ENGLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||NOV 07-08, 2003|
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