The Death of the Concerned Intellectual?

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Show simple item record Feng, Chongyi en_US 2009-11-12T05:31:50Z 2009-11-12T05:31:50Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2004005113 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Feng Chongyi 2005, 'The Death of the Concerned Intellectual?', UTSePress, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1-16. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1449-2490 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper offers a definition of the intellectual covering both professional and moral dimensions: An intellectual is a specialist who creates and communicates symbolised knowledge as means of living, and hopefully intervenes in social and political affairs in the name of universal values, truth and justice. "Symbolised knowledge" is used in the definition to avoid the confusion with other forms of knowledge derived from direct personal experience in production and life. The purpose of using "specialist" as the subject term is to exclude those categories such politicians, soldiers and business people who exercise political, military, financial and other forms of power instead of intellectual power in their social function. This paper argues that there are many roles played by intellectuals, and the social location and function of intellectuals can be fundamentally different in different societies. When production and communication of knowledge are taken as the primary concern of intellectuals, `the death of the concerned intellectual? becomes an unwarranted anxiety, because there is no reason to believe that knowledge and truth will no longer be pursued and valued by humankind. Political marginalisation of critical intellectuals, where it is a reality, seems to be caused not so much by the lack of power of intellectuals as by the lack of solidarity among intellectuals to fight for a common cause. The problem lies as much in the lack of enthusiasm among intellectuals to transcend the boundaries of their professional relevance and intervene in broad social and political issues, as in institutional structures consuming too much energy and time of the intellectuals and seducing them to give up their social responsibilities for personal career. en_US
dc.publisher UTSePress en_US
dc.title The Death of the Concerned Intellectual? en_US
dc.parent Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 2 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Sydney en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 16 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200200 en_US
dc.personcode 950549 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Intellectuals; scholars; morality; society en_US
dc.staffid 950549 en_US

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