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The Paradox of Public Intellectuals

Adam Niklewicz for The Chronicle Review

April 28, 2014 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

Could a social function for intellectuals—that is to say, could intellectuals—have existed before the invention of writing? Hardly. There has always been a social function for shamans, priests, magi, or other servants and masters of rites, and we...

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