Intellect and Public Life by Professor Thomas Bender
Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States

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Periodic "crises" in our academic culture remind us that the organization of our intellectual life is a product of history--neither fixed by the logic of social development nor inherent in the nature of knowledge itself. At a time of much unease in academia and among the general public about the relation of intellect to public life, Thomas Bender explores both the nineteenth-century origins and the twentieth-century configurations of academic intellect in the United States.

Intellect and Public Life pays special attention to the changing relationship of academic to urban culture. Examining the historical tensions faced by intellectuals who aspired to be at once academics and citizens, Bender traces the growing commitment of intellectuals to professional expertise and autonomy. He finds, as well, a historical pattern of academic withdrawal from the public discussion of matters of general concern. Yet the volume concludes on a hopeful note. With the demise of the classical republican notion of the public, Bender contends, there has emerged a more pluralistic notion of the public that--combined with the revival of interest in pragmatic theories of truth--may offer the possibility of a richer collaboration of democracy and intellect.

"[An] excellent collection of essays."--Peter Scott, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Bender's positive, generous, civil voice injects a soothing dose of optimism into current academic debates, and his invocation of 'public culture' delivers a needed antidote to the spurious concept that shares the same initial consonants."--Mary Ryan, American Quarterly

"[A] sparkling and insightful volume."--Canadian Review of American Studies

 

About Professor Thomas Bender

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Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Thomas Bender is University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University. He is the authoProfessor of History at New York University. He is the author of "Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social Historr of "Intellect and Public Life: Essays on the Social History of Academic Intellectuals in the United States "(1993), "Ny of Academic Intellectuals in the United States "(1993), "New York Intellect: A History of Intellectual Life in New Yorew York Intellect: A History of Intellectual Life in New York City, from 1750 to the Beginnings of Our Own Time "(1988),k City, from 1750 to the Beginnings of Our Own Time "(1988), and "Community and Social Change in America "(1978) and the and "Community and Social Change in America "(1978) and the editor of "The Antislavery Debate: Capitalism and Abolition editor of "The Antislavery Debate: Capitalism and Abolitionism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation "(California, ism as a Problem in Historical Interpretation "(California, 1992). 1992).
 
Published October 1, 1992 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. 200 pages
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