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Intellectuals and Society

Intellectuals and Society
作者:Thomas Sowell
出版社:Basic Books
出版年:2010-01
ISBN:9780465019489
行业:其它
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The influence of intellectuals is not only greater than in previous eras but also takes a very different form from that envisioned by those like Machiavelli and others who have wanted to directly influence rulers. It has not been by shaping the opinions or directing the actions of the holders of power that modern intellectuals have most influenced the course of events, but by shaping public opinion in ways that affect the actions of power holders in democratic societies, whether or not those power holders accept the general vision or the particular policies favored by intellectuals. Even government leaders with disdain or contempt for intellectuals have had to bend to the climate of opinion shaped by those intellectuals. Intellectuals and Society not only examines the track record of intellectuals in the things they have advocated but also analyzes the incentives and constraints under which their views and visions have emerged. One of the most surprising aspects of this study is how often intellectuals have been proved not only wrong, but grossly and disastrously wrong in their prescriptions for the ills of society—and how little their views have changed in response to empirical evidence of the disasters entailed by those views.

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托马斯·索维尔(Thomas Sowell),美国当代杰出的经济学家、最具影响力的社会评论家。先后在康奈尔大学、加州大学洛杉矶分校、哥伦比亚大学以及斯坦福大学讲授经济学课程,现为斯坦福大学胡佛研究所公共政策高级研究员。 托马斯·索维尔在经济学和广泛的人文社科领域均有重要建树。他撰写了包括《基础经济学》、《被掩盖的经济真相》、《美国种族简史》在内的30余部著作,多本被翻译成法文、德文、西班牙文和日文出版,其中多本是亚马逊网上书店的超级畅销书。他还在《福布斯》、《财富》、《新闻周刊》、《时代》周刊、《华尔街日报》、《华盛顿邮报》等主流媒体上发表了大量文章,并担任多家著名媒体的专栏作家,广泛讨论各种社会问题。 他获得的荣誉包括由美国企业研究所颁发的、备受尊敬的“博伊尔奖”(Francis Boyer Award)、美国“国家人文科学奖章”、布莱德雷基金奖等。

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