I am contemplating writing a polemic essay on the role of intellectuals!
Public intellectuals not only have the obligation to help citizens of the planet to understand their world, but also to coherently make arguments for moral choices to be made by all. We as complex beings live in a complex world and are connected to each other. As such we have to make choices that impact not only our lives but lives of others. We organize ourselves into societies and impose our rules. And our rules usher in complicated moral issues that societies grapple with. Who can we rely on to understand and take action towards these issues? Certainly not the political leaders. This, I believe, is the duty of intellectuals. The public intellectuals must address practical areas of life such as ethics and politics.