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“World thinkers” and “public intellectuals”

Measuring intellectual influence is not an exact science

By Jonathan Derbyshire  



Voting has opened for Prospect‘s 2015 World Thinkers poll (you can cast your votes here). With the help of several of our regular contributors and other friends of the magazine, we’ve assembled a list of 50 thinkers who we believe are “engaging in original and profound ways with the central questions of the world today”. You’ll notice that we’ve given credit for “their influence over the past 12 months”—which means that people didn’t qualify by eminence alone—and for their continuing significance…

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