Three years ago, you may recall, we teamed up with Foreign Policy magazine to produce a list of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals and to ask our readers to vote for their top five. This year we’re repeating the exercise, with a new list that we believe better reflects the current trends in global thought. We’ve tried to spruce up the list this time around by clearing away some of the dead wood from 2005’s list and adding new and exciting younger thinkers, particularly from outside the anglosphere. We reckon the new list feels much fresher as a result.
You can see our new list and vote here. Please take the time to vote, for your top five as well as an extra name you believe has been unjustly excluded from the list of 100. And spread the word—we’re keen to get as many people voting as possible. We’re especially interested in attracting voters from outside the English-speaking west.
And finally, please don’t be shy about letting us know how absurd/barbaric/sexist/anglocentric you find our selection, in the comments below. But be warned! The wittiest and/or most caustic responses may well find their way on to our letters page.
NB Prospect readers please note that the closing date given in the May 2008 issue of Prospect is wrong—voting closes on Thursday 15th May, not Monday 19th May.