The New Public Intellectual

Politics, Theory, and the Public Sphere

  • Editors
  • Jeffrey R. Di Leo
  • Peter Hitchcock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Neoliberalism, Education, and Commitment

  3. Democracy, Community, and Globalization

  4. Legitimation, Publics, and Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Peter Hitchcock
      Pages 135-147
    3. Simon Critchley
      Pages 175-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-202

About this book


What are the theoretical parameters that produce the category public intellectual? By pondering the conceptual elements that inform the term, this book offers not just a political critique, but a sense of the new challenges its meanings present. This collection complicates the notion of public intellectual while arguing for its continued urgency in communities formal and informal, institutional and abstract. While it is not quite accurate to say public intellectuals have disappeared entirely, it is clear they function differently in an age of global neoliberalism and techno-digital overdrive. Today the idea of the public intellectual bears only the slightest resemblance to what it was fifty or even twenty-five years ago. The essays in this collection provide a number of different ways to imagine the fate of public intellectuals and offers a thorough exploration of the commonplace ideologies and politics associated with them.


neoliberalism technology pedagogy democracy Alvin Gouldner

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