Commonplace Book #34

In short, and to an approximation only, the intellectual writes for the general public, or at least for a broader than merely academic or specialist audience, on ‘public affairs’– on political matters in the broadest sense of the word, a sense that included cultural matters when they are viewed under the aspect of ideology, ethics, or politics (which may all be the same thing). The intellectual is more ‘applied,’ contemporary, and ‘result oriented’ than the scholar, but broader than the technician. Approximate synonyms for ‘intellectual’ in this sense are ‘social critic‘ and ‘political intellectual.'” 

Richard Posner, Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, 23

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