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|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|| Pt. 1. Introduction. Intellect and intellectuals ; Knowledge and notions -- pt. 2. Intellectuals and economics. "Income distribution" ; EEconomic systems ; Government and the economy -- pt. 3. Intellectuals and social visions. A conflict of visions ; Abstract people in an abstract world ; Arguments without arguments ; Patterns of the anointed -- pt. 4. Optional eality. Filtering reality ; Subjective truth -- pt. 5. Intellectuals and the law. Changing the law ; Law and "results" -- pt. 6. Intellectuals and war. The World Wars ; The Cold War and beyond -- pt. 7. Intellectuals and race. Disparities and their causes ; Race and intelligence ; Liberalism and Multiculturalism ; Race and cosmic justice -- pt. 8. An overview. Patterns and visions ; Incentives and constraints ; The influence of intellectuals.
|| Sowell unravels the world of intellectuals in order to illustrate an important social phenomenon: how the thinkers of a society mold that society, leaving an impact on people in every walk of life, even if these thinkers are basically unknown to the world at large.