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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.

The People of Intellectual Life: Intellectuals
The people of intellectual life: Intellectuals
Can Intellectuals Survive if the Academy is a No-Fool Zone?

One of the shrewdest short essays ever written on the social role of the intellectual is a meditation on some remarks of Otto von Bismarck's, under whose regime German universities became the envy of the world. Ralf Dahrendorf quotes Bismarck, who observed that if the sovereign ‘in his idealism is not to become a public danger, he needs the critical sting with the help of which he is able to find his way when he is in danger of losing it’ (Dahrendorf 1970: 54). It is easy to see in this insight the seeds of Max Weber's sense of the complementary world-views of the politician ...

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