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Does the Public Intellectual Have Intellectual Integrity?

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This article is concerned with the devaluation of the work of public intellectuals within the academic community. The principal reason given for this devaluation is that the work of the public intellectual does not have intellectual integrity as independent thought and original scholarship. I develop three models of public intellectual work: the permanent–critic model, the popularizer model, and the public–theorist model. I then consider each model in relation to the concern with intellectual integrity and conclude that both independent thought and original scholarship are possible within work that is engaged with nonacademic publics.

Keywords: Foucault; advocacy; public intellectual

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Syracuse University

Publication date: 2002-10-01

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