The Theory of Intellectual Self-Concept

in Richard Rorty

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309903
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309910 | DOI:
The Theory of Intellectual Self-Concept

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What is true of Richard Rorty is true of all other intellectuals: they are persons no less impinged upon by social mechanisms and processes than any other. This chapter outlines the major theoretical frameworks currently available to sociologists of ideas—those of Pierre Bourdieu and Randall Collins. Without questioning that the theories they have developed offer explanatory purchase over a range of intellectual phenomena, the chapter suggests that both frameworks are deficient in a crucial respect—their theorization, or lack thereof, of the intellectual self. To remedy this deficiency, the chapter lays out a complementary theory of how and why individual thinkers make some of the intellectual choices they do—what it calls the theory of intellectual self-concept.

Keywords: Richard Rorty; social mechanisms; sociologists; Pierre Bourdieu; Randall Collins; intellectuals; intellectual self-concept

Chapter.  17798 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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