Intellectuals' and Philosophy's Role in Modern Society Essay by fujiko

Intellectuals' and Philosophy's Role in Modern Society
An exploration of how the role of philosophers has changed over the ages.
# 27221 | 2,099 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2003 | IT
Published on May 27, 2003 in Philosophy (History) , Philosophy (Religion) , Philosophy (Ethics)

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The writer explores different theories for social improvement as studied by philosophers over time. The paper looks at how some philosophers in history compromised with the government, while others chose a more rebellious attitude towards authority, hence standing by the greater minorities. The writer concludes that it is during enlightenment that intellectuals become a real threat to authority, thereby "waking up" society to the reality that has been ruling them. The paper leans towards the view that society needs philosophers to keep humanity in the real world.

From the Paper:

"Intellectuals have been regarded in history as the philosopher- sovereigns of human conscience. In the dark ignorance of man kind, they have stepped forth in man's finest hours, possessing the intelligent excellence and will, to push humanity forward. These men and women have a distinct role in society- beyond the material- experience and situations in everyday life- they explore and offer new theories of knowledge and improvement. Most of the visionaries, theorists and scientists are driven by a deep passionate search for truism."

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