Created on July 28/30, 2012
This list is a work in progress- suggestions welcome. I try to strive for balance by paying attention to diversity of values, opinions, etc.
John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) is considered the epitome of liberalism by many historians, and sometimes was portrayed as “dangerously radical.” Meanwhile, Dewey was critiqued strongly by American communists because he argued against Stalinism and had philosophical differences with Marx, despite identifying himself as a democratic socialist.
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935)
Jacques Barzun (born November 30, 1907) ’s opus From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life/ 1500 to the Present (first 100 pages)
Shirin Ebadi (Persian: شيرين عبادى Širin Ebādi; born 21 June 1947)
Pay it forward- philosophy- Wikipedia article
Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables
Disappearing liberal arts education in the U.S. article
Liberal Intellectuals: Are they really threatened? article by Stephen Metcalf
A review by Ulf Schulenberg -The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual by Eric Lott
Who is a Public Intellectual? by Barry Gewen, an editor at The New York Times Book Review
The Public Intellectual A panel discussion with Manuel de Lope, Peter Godwin, Linda Polman, and Hervé Le Tellier; moderated on April 25, 2011 by Jane Ciabattari at the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
Why don’t we love our intellectuals? by John Naughton, professor of the public understanding of technology at the Open University
Writings of Public Intellectuals Adapted from Susan Gilroy, Harvard College Libraries
Edge: The Third Culture by John Brockman (1991) The third-culture thinkers are the new public intellectuals?
TED themes spreading ideas the TED way
My tentative definition for ‘public intellectuals’: educated figureheads who fight groupthink by generating and effectively communicating creative and original outside-the-box ideas based on science and other philosophically sound frameworksRead less