The Intellectual: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking... Hardcover – 3 Mar 2005
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"Reading Steve Fuller is like reading Umberto Eco on speed." -- Jeff Hughes, author of The Manhattan Project
'Reading Steve Fuller is like reading Umberto Eco on speed -- Jeff Hughes, author of The Manhattan Project
'Zooms at various crazy angles through the history of ideas An entertaining manifesto -- Guardian
I devoured this in one sitting Its packed with juicy nuggets of genuine intellectual nourishment on every page -- Dylan Evans
About the Author
Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
Top Customer Reviews
The book features a very amusing and informative dialogue between 'The Intellectual' and 'The Philosopher', each of whom appears as the evil twin of the other.
The book ends with a FAQ section which really attempts to address the sorts of issues an aspiring intellectual might want to know about. Clearly, the life of the intellectual is not for the squeamish -- at least as Fuller portrays it -- but it's a life worth living.
Fuller discusses 'truth', 'power', 'thinking', etc. but makes no attempt at all to define these terms - let alone to engage with the varied and interesting debate surrounding these ideas. He does not bother to generate any arguments, expand the boundaries of knowledge, engage with real debates and ideas, or even present existing theories in an interesting way. His 'arguments' are loose, winding, and often either ridiculous or exceedingly obvious. Where you can find a train of thought, which is rare, it is a subject that has inevitably been discussed at length, and with far greater eloquence, elsewhere. As a result, much of the book is tedious, outlandish, and at worst, nonsensical. I find it difficult to understand why anyone enjoyed this book. I can only imagine that they were swayed by the self-satisfaction and smugness that Fuller attempts to extend to his readers.
This is not a serious book, and I do not recommend it at all. Anyone with a very basic knowledge of philosophy will recognise it to be completely nonsensical. And beginners would do far better elsewhere.
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I recommend this book for anyone who wants an objective comparison of the different categories of intellectuals. Some parts need serious reflection to absorb. Written in the style of Machiavelli's "The Prince".
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