Whether intellectuals are counter-cultural escapists corrupting the young or secular prophets leading us to prosperity, they are a fixture of modern political life. In The Public Intellectual: Between Philosophy and Politics, Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman bring together a wide variety of noted scholars to discuss the characteristics, nature, and role of public thinkers. By looking at scholarly life in the West, this work explores the relationship between thought and action, ideas and events, reason and history.
Arthur M. Melzer is professor of political science at Michigan State University. He is the author of The Natural Goodness of Man: On the System of Rousseau's Thought (1990). He is also co-director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy and an editor of its first five volumes of essays, the most recent of which is Politics at the Turn of the Century (2001). Jerry Weinberger is professor of political science at Michigan State University. His books include Science, Faith, and Politics: Francis Bacon and the Utopian Roots of the Modern Age (1985) and new editions of Bacon's History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh (1996) and The Advancement of Learning (2001). He is the director of the LeFrak Forum, co-director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, and an editor of the Symposium's first five volumes of essays. M. Richard Zinman is University Distinguished Professor of Political Theory in James Madison College at Michigan State University. He is executive director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy and an editor of its first five volumes of essays.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 THEORY Part 3 The Rise of the Public Intellectual Chapter 4 What is an Intellectual? Chapter 5 A Platonic Perspective on the Idea of the Public Intellectual Chapter 6 The Idea of the Public Intellectual in the Age of the Enlightenment Chapter 7 Rousseau's Critique of the Public Intellectual in the Age of the Enlightenment Chapter 8 The Founding Fathers and the Creation of Public Opinion Part 9 The Public Intellectual in the Twentieth Century Chapter 10 The Changing Role of the Public Intellectual in American History Chapter 11 The Decline of the Public Intellectual and the Rise of the Pundit Chapter 12 The Public Intellectual and the Experience of Totalitarianism Chapter 13 The Peripheral Insider: Raymond Aron and the Wages of Reason Chapter 14 Gray is Beautiful Part 15 PRACTICE Chapter 16 The Professional Scholar as Public Intellectual: Reflections Prompted by Karl Mannheim, Robert K. Merton, and C. Wright Mills Chapter 17 Public Philosophy and International Feminism Chapter 18 Wit Irony Fun Games