The Public Intellectual

The Role of the Public Intellectual by Alan Lightman

Featuring Guest: Richard A. Posner  The Decline of the Public Intellectual

They are some of the worlds most introspective philosophers and rabble-rousing clerics. A few write searing works of fiction and uncover the mysteries of the human mind. Others are at the forefront of modern finance, politics, and human rights. In the second Foreign Policy/Prospect list of top public intellectuals, we reveal the thinkers who are shaping the tenor of our time.

The Top 100 Public Intellectuals