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.