Redefining Intellectualism for a Post-Globalized World: Why Present-Day Intellectualism is Obsolete and why a Comprehensive Reassessment of Intellectualism is Required

Authors : Sujay Rao Mandavilli

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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We begin this paper by defining the terms intellectual and intellectualism and then trace the history of intellectualism from ancient times onwards. We also present a broad overview of present day schools of intellectual thought and conclude that all present-day schools of thought are somewhat outdated for the present time. We also propose the direction intellectualism should take in the twenty-first century, and invite other scholars and researchers to connect the dots and contribute in a much bigger way. While we acknowledge that the left and the right have attempted to redefine themselves at times, and agree that individual scholars cannot also always be tarred by the same brush, we believe that a complete metamorphosis in the field in imperative, and that a new generation of young scholars must drive the process forward. While left-leaning intellectuals and other intellectuals from the non-left have also attempted to evolve and change with the times (we owe a mountain of gratitude to them for their endeavours and contributions), we will still argue that the idea of intellectualism in general needs a reboot. These are still too many ideological positions taken, and the present state of affairs must gradually come to an end. Much of present-day intellectualism is also based on obsolete paradigms like a blind opposition to globalization and capitalism. Secondly, we also observe that the field is driven largely by the pursuit of individual interests, and more collective thought and better theorization is required. We also emphasize the need for building robust intellectualism in developing countries such that their causes and interests are advanced.


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