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Intellectuals and Society

Revised and Expanded Edition

Thomas Sowell



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Basic Books
06 March 2012
Social classes; Politics & government; Public opinion & polls
This much revised and reorganized edition of Intellectuals and Society is more than half again larger than the first edition. Four new chapters have been added on intellectuals and race, including a chapter on race and intelligence. These new chapters show the radically different views of race prevailing among the intelligentsia at the beginning of the twentieth century and at the end- and yet how each of these opposite views of race had the same dogmatic quality and the same refusal to countenance differing opinions among their contemporaries, much less engage dissenting opinions in serious debate. Moreover, each of these very different views of race produced flourishes of rhetoric and travesties of logic, leading to dire social consequences, though of very different sorts in the two eras. Other additions to this edition include a critique of John Rawls' conception or justice and a re-examination of the so-called trickle-down theory behind tax cuts for the rich. There are other revisions, from the preface to the final chapter, the latter being extensively rewritten to bring together and highlight the themes of the other chapters, and to make unmistakably clear what Intellectuals and Society is, and is not, seeking to do.
By:   Thomas Sowell
Imprint:   Basic Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Revised and Expanded ed
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 50mm
Weight:   691g
ISBN:   9780465025220
ISBN 10:   0465025226
Pages:   680
Publication Date:   06 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Sowell has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions, and his Basic Economics has been translated into six languages. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has published in both academic journals and in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country.

Reviews for Intellectuals and Society: Revised and Expanded Edition

Thomas Sowell is, in my opinion, the most interesting philosopher at work in America. --Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times It's a scandal that economist Thomas Sowell has not been awarded the Nobel Prize. No one alive has turned out so many insightful, richly researched books. --Steve Forbes America's best writer on economics, particularly when that discipline intersects with politics. --World

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