Intellectuals

By Paul Johnson
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18.28 Hours 04/14/2009 unabridged
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Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity. How do intellectuals set about reaching their conclusions? How carefully do they examine the evidence? How great is their respect for truth? And how do they apply their public principles to their private lives? In an intriguing series of case studies and incisive portraits, these people are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous. Included are: 1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: An Interesting Madman 2. Shelley, or The Heartlessness of Ideas 3. Karl Marx: Howling Gigantic Curses 4. Henrik Ibsen: On the Contrary! 5. Tolstoy: God’s Elder Brother 6. The Deep Waters of Ernest Hemingway 7. Bertolt Brecht: Heart of Ice 8. Bertrand Russell: A Case of Logical Fiddlesticks 9. Jean-Paul Sarte: A Little Bar of Fur and Ink 10. Edmund Wilson: A Brand from the Burning 11. The Troubled Conscience of Victor Gollancz 12. Lies, Damned Lies, and Lillian Hellman 13. The Flight of Reason

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Summary

Summary

Since the time of Voltaire and Rousseau, the secular intellectual has increasingly filled the vacuum left by the decline of the cleric and assumed the functions of moral mentor and critic of mankind. This fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world examines the moral credentials of those whose thoughts have influenced humanity.

How do intellectuals set about reaching their conclusions? How carefully do they examine the evidence? How great is their respect for truth? And how do they apply their public principles to their private lives? In an intriguing series of case studies and incisive portraits, these people are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.

Included are:
1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: An Interesting Madman
2. Shelley, or The Heartlessness of Ideas
3. Karl Marx: Howling Gigantic Curses
4. Henrik Ibsen: On the Contrary!
5. Tolstoy: God’s Elder Brother
6. The Deep Waters of Ernest Hemingway
7. Bertolt Brecht: Heart of Ice
8. Bertrand Russell: A Case of Logical Fiddlesticks
9. Jean-Paul Sarte: A Little Bar of Fur and Ink
10. Edmund Wilson: A Brand from the Burning
11. The Troubled Conscience of Victor Gollancz
12. Lies, Damned Lies, and Lillian Hellman
13. The Flight of Reason

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Written from a conservative standpoint, these pummeling profiles of illustrious intellectuals are caustic, skewed, thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging.” Publishers Weekly
“Whether one agrees or not, Johnson’s profiles are frequently amusing and illuminating.” Amazon.com, editorial review

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Author Bio: Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 18.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English