Reflections on Crisis

The role of the public intellectual

Edited by: Kevin Lalor, Mary P. Corcoran

In the wake of its boom and bust, Ireland has more than ever before needed a forum for reflection. Unlike the British, the French, and the Germans, the Irish don't have a tradition of public intellectuals: people who lead informed critical debate and generate discussion. This short collection of essays by leading Irish academics reflect on the ways in which critical thinking, imagination, and ideas can work to understand crisis. It discusses such questions as: How is a nation then to make sense of global economic crisis? Are the views of economists, novelists, playwrights, sociologists, historians, political scientists, and civil servants dismissed and ignored? Are the Irish anti-intellectual? ** From the contributors: "It's not just the financial market that is in freefall. The language market is in freefall. People are losing the ability to speak." (Tom Garvin) "What this crisis has done is that it has exposed the nature of power in Irish society, who has it and who hasn't it." (Liam O'Dowd) "The job of public intellectuals is to make the powers that be uneasy in their beds." (Declan Kiberd)


126 pages

Publication Date: 8/2/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781908996060