Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Public Intellectuals by Richard A. Posner

With the rapid growth of the media in recent years, highly visible forums for discussion have multiplied, while greater academic specialization has yielded a growing number of narrowly trained scholars. Posner tracks these two trends to their inevitable intersection: a proliferation of modern academics commenting on topics outside their ken. The resulting scene - one of off-the-cuff pronouncements, erroneous predictions, and ignorant policy proposals - compares poorly with the performance of earlier public intellectuals, largely nonacademics whose erudition and breadth of knowledge were well suited to public discourse. Leveling a balanced attack on liberal and conservative pundits alike, Posner describes the styles and genres, constraints and incentives, of the activity of public intellectuals. He identifies a market for this activity - one with recognizable patterns and conventions but an absence of quality controls. He also offers modest proposals for improving the performance of this market - and the quality of public discussion in America today.

Buy Public Intellectuals by Richard A. Posner from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674012462
ISBN-10: 0674012461
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Public Intellectuals by Richard A. Posner

Book Reviews - Public Intellectuals by Richard A. Posner

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Public Intellectuals book by Richard A. Posner and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Richard A. Posner

Richard A. Posner is Circuit Judge, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.

Books By Richard A. Posner

Federal Judiciary by Richard A. Posner
Hardback, August 2017
$60.57
Divergent Paths by Richard A. Posner
Hardback, January 2016
$55.80
Reflections on Judging by Richard A. Posner
Hardback, October 2013
$54.90
Behavior of Federal Judges by Richard A. Posner
Hardback, January 2013
$89.10