The Intellectual and the Gunman
What Christ said of the poor might be said of intellectuals: they will always be with us. Then the question naturally arises: in what ways are we fortunate, or unfortunate, that this is so?
The Role of the Intellectual
If there is a mark of distinction for authentic intellectuals, it is the one identified by Dietrich von Hildebrand: The truthful person recognizes a solemnity in every assertion. He grasps that in everything he utters, he is called to bear witness to the truth. The thinker’s role is primarily positive, though to many it seems negative. His startling widespread appearance on the cultural