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ERIC Number: EJ778121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The Intelligentsia as a Community of Passionate Activists
Nakhushev, V. Sh.
Russian Education and Society, v49 n7 p21-40 Jul 2007
An intelligentsia plays an essential role in any civilized human community. While their role to societal development cannot be underplayed, there seems to exist a lack of unified opinion with regard to the nature of intelligentsia, most especially in Russia. The importance to find the exact definition of the term "intelligentsia" was periodically expressed by thinkers of the past and it came up again for Russian scientists in the 1990s, whose reflections provide grounds for thinking that the nature of the intelligentsia as a specific social group is defined by the level of intellectuality, a most important indicator of people's attitudes toward the way that society and the state are structured. An intelligentsia, as a specific social group in society, has existed during all historical stages of the development of humanity ever since the time that an ethical orientation of human reason was realized to be essential, so that human reason is no longer just "an instrument of understanding" and becomes a means for humanizing anthropological existence. In this article, the author discusses the various definitions of the term "intelligentsia." He also discusses how this particular group assumes the role of passionate activists in their communities. (Contains 32 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia