He is in his 70s and first became known for his theory of transformational grammar - and now he is top of the thinkers' hit parade. Noam Chomsky, the linguistics professor who has become one of the most outspoken critics of US foreign policy, has won a poll that names him as the world's top public intellectual. More than 20, voters from around the world took part in selecting the winners from a list of The most striking aspect of the list is the shortage of the young, the female and the French.
The Constructive Responsibility of Intellectuals
Who Is a Public Intellectual? - The New York Times
Deadline for submission of abstract: 30th March Deadline for Submission of full paper: 30th May This volume will explore two visions of the intellectual seemingly at odds with one another: the autonomous versus the committed intellectual. Intellectuals have been criticized often for being detached from the everyday concerns of their fellow human beings. Although they are capable of playing significant, and in some cases, decisive roles in the modern world, most intellectual interventions in the present day are carried out from a position of relative autonomy. The image of the intellectual as an independent and relatively autonomous person has exerted a powerful influence in twentieth century critical thought. A prominent advocate of this position was Julien Benda who idealized and sublimated the detached status of the intellectual devoted to the pursuit of universal principles such as justice and truth. Others have struggled with the conflicting demands of the two positions.
Noam Chomsky Speaks on 'Prospects for Survival'
Chomsky, Noam. New York: Seven Stories Press, Chomsky is a scholar who has written many books and journal articles in current affairs, politics, governance issues, and history. According to many people, the professor is a leading political activist. He also analyses different foreign policies.
Noam Chomsky is a world renowned academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addressed a number of important social issues that include and often connect oppressive foreign and domestic policies — a fact well illustrated in his numerous path breaking books. Moreover, as political interventions, his many books often reflect both a decisive contribution and an engagement with a number of issues that have and continue to dominate a series of specific historical moments over the course of 50 years. His political interventions have been historically specific while continually building on the power relations he has engaged critically. For instance, his initial ideas about the responsibility of intellectuals cannot be separated from his early criticisms of the Vietnam War and the complicity of intellectuals in brokering and legitimating that horrendous act of military intervention.