I am very comfortable with Mark Crispin Miller's simple but embracing definition of who is a public intellectual
. Miller, a professor of media ecology at New York University defined a public intellectual
as someone who engages in intellectual pursuits, airs intellectual concerns in a way the broad, literate public can understand.
a public intellectual
is a person who, drawing on his intellectual resources, addresses a broad though educated public on issues with a political or ideological dimension (2003: 173).
What exactly is a public intellectual
? We all know what an intellectual is, but it is when the intellectual writes and speaks to a larger audience beyond professional colleagues in her/his own formal discipline when she/he becomes a "public intellectual." Ralph Waldo Emerson demands more; to him, a public intellectual
's most important activity is actionbringing to mind examples like street parliamentarian Lorenzo Tanada and environmental crusader Antonio Oposa Jr.
Rooted in both Renaissance and Enlightenment, a public intellectual
is a learned person shining a light on a public sphere.
As viceregal consort of Canada, Saul became a lightning rod for public intellectual discourse, eventually becoming the individual most frequently nominated as a public intellectual
in our survey of Canadian newspapers.
The compilation is best described as a broad-ranging and slightly ambiguous account of what it means to be a public intellectual
in the social sciences.
The more a public intellectual
becomes bound into an academic institution, Posner argues, the more he loses his status as public intellectual.
In the wake of The Last Intellectuals has come a somewhat navel-gazing wellspring of debate over Jacoby's thesis and discussion about how to define a public intellectual
and who may claim that status.
This perception is part of the reason that terms such as "public intellectual" and "academic" are at times used in a mutually exclusive manner: either one is a public intellectual
or one is an academic.
Posner is a person of immense influence: as a judge in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; as an author of over thirty books and hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects; as a public intellectual
much in demand as a public speaker; as a legal scholar more frequently cited in scholarly publications than even the legendary Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Indeed, although one might address issues that are relevant to a political community and may do so before lay audiences, his status as a public intellectual
might be compromised to the extent that he is clearly aligned with a particular ideology or party.
* tendency of a public intellectual
's media celebrity to be inverse to his scholarly renown;
IN THIS BOOK, Posner defines a public intellectual
as "a person who, drawing on his intellectual resources, addresses a broad though educated public on issues with a political or ideological dimension." Applying this capacious definition, he has compiled a list of 546 public intellectuals, both living and dead.
Surely this passage must have been included in jest--Posner allowing himself to appear to be a public intellectual
so hemmed in by his specialty that he has trouble communicating with a general audience.
teacher-scholar as a public intellectual
and educational leader is in a key position to accomplish the above processes.