FRESH IDEAS: Public Intellectuals and Thought Leaders

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Public Intellectuals are experts, often academics, who are well versed and well trained enough to comment on a wide range of issues. A Thought Leader is an intellectual evangelist. They develop their own singular lens to explain the world, and then proselytize to anyone within earshot. …

"Both engage in acts of intellectual creation, but their style and purpose are different. To adopt the language of Isaiah Berlin, Public Intellectuals are foxes who know many things, while Thought Leaders are hedgehogs who know one big thing. The former are skeptics, the latter are true believers. …

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“Both intellectual types serve a vital purpose in a democracy. A Public Intellectual will tell you everything that is wrong with everyone else’s ideas. A Thought Leader will tell you everything that is right about his or her own idea.”

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