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Do public intellectuals matter?

Public intellectuals can alter the course of events, even after their time

By AC Grayling   May 2013

Intellectuals offer exactly what the public conversation needs

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If it was once said that the word “intellectual” made despisers of the term reach for their guns, the term “public intellectual” assuredly makes them reach for a bomb. To critics, the term connotes the cheap and easy option of pontification, of commentary without responsibility, rather like the luxury enjoyed by a political party in opposition—the luxury of having to move nothing but your lips.

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