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FP Top 100 Intellectuals June 19, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Academically Speaking, Odds and Ends.

Whoa! Nearly missed the boat on this one, which is right up my alley: Foreign Policy (FP), a publication of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (and completely different from the journal Foreign Affairs) recently came up with their 2008 List of Top 100 Intellectuals.

Offhand, the list could perhaps be better named, grouping “intellectuals” in the academic sense of the word together with journalists, writers of fiction and at least one US Army general. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating perspective on the luminaries who shape public discourse around the world in some shape or form.

That and it’s quite fun just going through the roster just to see how many “intellectuals” one is familiar with. In my case, only about twenty-eight of the 100 FP had identified rang a bell. Whether that makes me more or less of a nerd than I already think I am I haven’t yet figured out, but I’m leaning towards “more”.

[Foreign Policy: Top 100 Intellectuals ( 2008 ) via The Leo Africanus]



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