“an intellectual” [as a phrase] conjures up a number of exaggerated features of several archetypes (prototypes rather than exemplars).
Some socially desirable positive connotations.
Some socially undesirable negative connotations.
This author is an intellectual:“Perhaps one of the more pernicious forms of ideology now is embodied in the appeal of the claim that there are no alternatives to present institutions. In this age of diminishing expectations, one important role that remains for the social scientifically informed, and normatively oriented democratic critic is to offer novel alternatives and creative possibilities in place of the defeatist claim that we are at the end of history. That would not only mean the end of inquiry, but also the end of democracy.”
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