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This book outlines a social theory of knowledge for the 21st century. With characteristic subtlety and verve, Steve Fuller deals directly with a world in which it is no longer taken for granted that universities and academics are the best places and people to embody the life of the mind. While Fuller defends academic privilege, he takes very seriously the historic divergences between academics and intellectuals, attending especially to the different features of knowledge production that they value.


This may be the most self-exemplifying of my books to date: the strands of thought and writing drawn together in these pages stem from my participation in the very roles, capacities and arenas that they examine. Their overall effect has led to me to conclude that an edifying life may be led by becoming the sort of person one writes about with favour. It amounts to a kind of method acting in which the author functions as both author and performer of the script. Thus, not only do I need to thank professional academics – Stefan Gattei, Ivor Goodson, Alan Haworth, Ian Jarvie, Ouyang Kang, Douglas Kellner, Gregor McClennan, Hugo Mendes, Tom Osborne, Raphael Sassower and Nico Stehr – for prompting my thinking in ...

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