Dados vol. 52 n. 4 Rio de Janeiro 2009

Desafios e missão do intelectual público

Nogueira, Marco Aurélio


This article aims to pay tribute to the social scientist Carlos Estevam Martins by reflecting on the figure of the intellectual in the contemporary world. The premise is that a transfiguration is taking place, reinforcing the trend towards overspecialization that hinders intellectuals from engaging in civic ideas and passion. Paradoxically, however, this same transfiguration requires the intellectual's active presence as a character capable of producing meanings and totalizations, and thereby collaborating with the political community to discover more advanced forms of self-awareness.

Palavras-chave: public intellectual; political community; Carlos Estevam Martins; overspecialization.

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52582009000400001

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