Intellectuals and the Legitimation Crisis: A Phenomenological Ontology of Human Relations

  • Jim I. Unah
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 76)


It is difficult to decide here, without any further ado, whether by “intellectuals” we mean those persons whose vocation includes teaching, research and consultancy in a tertiary school setting or whether the term can be stretched to embrace all those who, primarily and mainly, employ the intellect with dexterity and depth in their daily commerce with the world. Differently stated, by the term “intellectuals” do we mean academics, that is, intellectuals as scholars, or do we use the term to refer to all those persons who have, through education — private or public — sharpened their intellect in such a way that they can participate in reasoned social discourse and social criticism? Since classification is difficult to derive, we should explore, phenomenologically, the meaning of the term as not placed in this or that theory.


Social Insecurity Adequate Opportunity Popular Interest Organic Intellectual Intersubjective Experience 
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  • Jim I. Unah
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  1. 1.University of LagosNigeria

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