Are We Running Out of Public Intellectuals?

February 28, 2015 With Richard Posner, Ron Grossman

A public intellectual, according to one of our guests, Richard Posner, uses general ideas drawn from history, philosophy and the sciences to analyze public problems and issues of general concern. George Orwell is an example of a great public intellectual says Judge¬† Posner who goes on to argue that they don’t make them as they used to. In this vigorous conversation from 2002, Posner and Ron Grossman¬† (and an actively opinionated program host) run through a large list of “intellectuals” who presume to explain–through their writing and broadcasting—what’s right, wrong and worth conserving or rejecting in contemporary society.


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