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Intellectuals and the Public Good Creativity and Civil Courage

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ISBN-10: 0521847184

ISBN-13: 9780521847186

Edition: 2007

Authors: Barbara A. Misztal

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Creativity and civil courage are major dimensions of an intellectual's authority and contribute towards the enrichment of democracy. This book develops a sociological account of civil courage and creative behaviour in order to enhance our understanding of the nature of intellectuals' involvement in society. Barbara A. Misztal employs both theoretical-analytic and empirical components to develop a typology of intellectuals who have shown civil courage and examines the biographies of twelve Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Elie Wiesel, Andrei Sakharov and Linus C. Pauling, to illustrate acts of courage which have embodied the values of civil society. She advances our understanding of the nature of intellectuals' public involvement and their contribution to social well-being. In the current climate of fear and insecurity, as governments are forced to deal with issues of increasing complexity, this is a pioneering sociological book with a highly original approach.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/13/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 290
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction
Theoretical Framework
The authority of public intellectuals
The problem of the new
Courage: Acting on conviction
Typology of engagements
Public Intellectuals: The Case of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
Intellectuals for peace
Heroes: Legends in their own time
Dissidents: Peaceful rebels
Champions: Promoting the cause
Pioneers: Bringing science to politics
Conclusion: The via contemplativa and the via active