Well known academics and thinkers

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  1. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    A friend of mine and I are trying to build a list of well known academics for a project... This can be living professors that are known for something, book writers, thinkers etc..


    Some people on our list include:


    Syed Hossain Nasr
    Steven Levitt
    Malcolm Gladwell
    John Nash
    Paul Ekman
    Daniel Goleman
    Alan Dershowitz
    Cornel West
    John Esposito
    Dan Gilbert

    ...among others to give you an idea

    if you can suggest people that would be awesome
    they can be academics of pretty much anything
     


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    dusty Senior member

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    Unless you have some other guideline than 'great thinkers', this list will be huge.
     


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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Julia Kristeva
    Michel Foucualt
    Octave Mirbeau
    Noel Chomsky
    Umberto Eco
    Clement Greenberg

    etc.
     


  4. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    yes it will be

    basically pretty well known poeple who are living today and possibly teaching at a university
     


  5. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    Also I dont know if this makes sense..but people who would be "approachable" someway. Thats why I said possibly teaching at a university.

    Some people I myself mentioned fit the bill quite well with the approachability such as Esposito, Nasr, Gilbert, and Levitt
     


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    Pennglock Senior member

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    Some academics:

    Harold Bloom
    Jeremy Seigel
    Albert Ellis
    Edward Witten
    Alexander Grothendieck
     


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    Thomas Senior member

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    You might like Christopher Hitchens.
     


  8. ghulkhan

    ghulkhan Senior member

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    You might like Christopher Hitchens.

    I like him a lot. Thanks!

    Thanks to everyone and if you could add more that would be awesome
     


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    Kai Senior member

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    Don't forget Ward Churchill
     


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    In the legal world I like Paul Butler. I'd also add Michael Ignatieff.
     


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    Arethusa Senior member

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    Julia Kristeva Michel Foucualt Octave Mirbeau Noel Chomsky Umberto Eco Clement Greenberg etc.
    Noam. I'd add Norman Finkelstein and Rashid Khalidi to that list. Wole Soyinka's kind of awesome, but he's not exactly teaching. This list is really pretty useless without at least the most superficial attempt at narrowing to subject matter, though.
    Don't forget Ward Churchill
    Have you ever actually read anything he's written?
     


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    If we're limited to the living, I'd add Richard Posner, William Gibson, Richard Dawkins (though he's getting tiresome), Gary Kasparov.
     


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    Malcolm Gladwell

    I don't see how a two-hit wonder of a pop journalist who only has an undergrad degree fits in a list of great contemporary academics. Seriously, Tipping Point was just a canned and dumbed down restatement of every well-known experiment discussed on a Psych 101 synopsis, not the product of any significant or intensive research or a conduit for any really enlightening new theories.
     


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    Pft. Dawkins < Stephen Jay Gould from beyond the grave.
     


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