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The Betrayal of Scholars and Public Intellectual

(Original title: Zrada vzdělanců a "public intellectual")
Filozofia, 2002, vol. 57, No 8, pp. 541-545.
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Ideas suggested a long time ago by the French thinker about the betrayal of intellectuals (J. Benda 1927, Czech edition 1929) are still actual and challenging. They concern the creative status of a personality in society, especially his/her envolment in polis - Salus rei publicae suprema lex asto. The paper offers also a critical analysis of an international publication "Crossing the Divide" (UNO 2001), which underlines the importance of a mature personality (and his/her wisdom), i. e. also of human sciences, and which promotes a new notion of "public intellectual".

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