Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain
Collini, StefanPublisher: Oxford University Press, United Kingdom
Year Published: 2006
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX9578
An argument against what Collini calls the 'declinist thesis', the belief that contemporary intellectual life is getting increasingly dumbed down and stagnant. Declinists, Collini suggests, are in denial of reality and ignorant of history. Collini also skewers those who, like Edward Said, represent themselves as 'outsiders' while basking in the glamour of in-group recognition.