This book is a venture in constructive clarification of several basic topics in current humanities and social science discourses that are badly muddled. The heart of the clarification is contained in Barber's definition of culture, derived from social system theory, that provides us with a better understanding of today's debate on intellectuals and the pursuit of science. Barber examines the ways in which intellectual culture is defined, the construction of ideologies and ideologists, and the structure of cultural sub-systems.
Bernard Barber is professor emeritus of sociology, Columbia University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 What is an Intellectual? A Brief look at the Confusion Chapter 3 Culture and Intellectual Pursuits Chapter 4 Intellectuals as Idealogists Chapter 5 The Structure of Culture: The "High" and "Low" Problem and Intellectual Pursuits Chapter 6 Cultural Tension and Conflict in the Academy: Scholars and Scientists Versus Ideologists and Reformers Chapter 7 The Conceptual Clarifications Made in This Book and Why They Are Important Chapter 8 Index