Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States

Intellect and Public Life Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States Periodic crises in our academic culture remind us that the organization of our intellectual life is a product of history neither fixed by the logic of social development nor inherent in the nature of

  • Title: Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States
  • Author: Thomas Bender
  • ISBN: 9780801857843
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Periodic crises in our academic culture remind us that the organization of our intellectual life is a product of history neither fixed by the logic of social development nor inherent in the nature of knowledge itself At a time of much unease in academia and among the general public about the relation of intellect to public life, Thomas Bender explores both the nineteentPeriodic crises in our academic culture remind us that the organization of our intellectual life is a product of history neither fixed by the logic of social development nor inherent in the nature of knowledge itself At a time of much unease in academia and among the general public about the relation of intellect to public life, Thomas Bender explores both the nineteenth century origins and the twentieth century configurations of academic intellect in the United States.Intellect and Public Life pays special attention to the changing relationship of academic to urban culture Examining the historical tensions faced by intellectuals who aspired to be at once academics and citizens, Bender traces the growing commitment of intellectuals to professional expertise and autonomy He finds, as well, a historical pattern of academic withdrawal from the public discussion of matters of general concern Yet the volume concludes on a hopeful note With the demise of the classical republican notion of the public, Bender contends, there has emerged a pluralistic notion of the public that combined with the revival of interest in pragmatic theories of truth may offer the possibility of a richer collaboration of democracy and intellect.

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    1. I was interested in this book because it explores the disconnect between the academy and public life. It's written by a social historian, who's more historian than sociologist, though. Bender is detailed, but ultimately he doesn't really connect the history to the phenomenon.Also, the book is a collection of previously published essays, so it's not always as cohesive as it could be, although it is interesting to see Bender's ideas evolve over the course of the book. But ultimately, the essays ju [...]

    2. Bender is best at revealing how historians may apply Dewey to their research. Remarkably, he interprets Dewey better than most philosophers do. He makes the case that history has replaced epistemology in the modern world. Again, I happen to agree with his thesis.

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