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The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals - Ian MacLean

The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals

By: Ian MacLean (Editor), Alan Montefiore (Editor), Peter Winch (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th February 1991
ISBN: 9780521398596
Number Of Pages: 332

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The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals addresses the many problems in defining the relationship of intellectuals to the society in which they live. In what respects are they responsible for, and to, that society? Should they seek to act as independent arbiters of the values explicitly or implicity espoused by those around them? Should they seek to advise those in public life about the way in which they should act, or should they withdraw from any form of political involvement? And how should their preoccupations with truth and language find practical expression? The contributors to this volume seek to provide tentative answers to these questions. They come from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from economics to linguistics and sociology to philosophy, and are drawn from both America and Eastern and Western Europe. The volume is given a particular interest by recent political upheavals in Eastern Europe, where many intellectuals have been confronted with sharply practical, sometimes dramatic, choices about their role in the political arena.

Preface
Introduction
La trahison de la trahison des clercs
The loss of responsibility
Heritage and collective responsibility
Power and wisdom: the expert as the mediating factor in contemporary Polish history
Textual responsibility
Technology, politics and the responsibility of intellectuals
The intellectuals and the imitation of the masses
Responsibility and the act of interpretation: the case of law
The Hungarian intellectual between the duty of engagement and the duty of reserve
The political responsibility of intellectuals
Intellectuals between politics and culture
The political irresponsibility of intellectuals
The responsibilities of intellectuals
Notes on contributors
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521398596
ISBN-10: 0521398592
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 11th February 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42