The term means a truly intelligent commentator who addresses the larger issues of the time or of eternity. Perhaps Cicero, Thucydides, Seneca? And in almost modern time such contributors as Edmund Wilson, George Orwell, Hannah Arendt or George Steiner. Are such figures still with us or have the universities swallowed them all? These questions are addressed and many other great public intellectuals discussed and evaluated in this discussion from 2002. The discussants are Judge Richard Posner who had just done a book about the decline of public intellectuals and Ron Grossman former professor of history and now a cultural journalist.