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  1. Edward Said: “Gods That Always Fail”

    In his sixth and final lecture, Edward Said considers how far an intellectual should participate in the public sphere. He examines the dilemma of loyalty to a cause, the nature of belief, and the problems faced by those who publicly recant. The hardest aspect of being an intellectual, he says, is to represent what you profess through your work and interventions, without turning into an institution or acting at the behest of a system or method.

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  2. Edward Said: “Speaking Truth to Power”

    In his fifth lecture, Edward Said considers the basic question for the intellectual: how does one speak the truth? Is there some universal and rational set of principles that can govern how one speaks and writes? He examines the difficulties and sometimes loneliness of questioning authority, and argues that intellectuals should present a more principled stand in speaking the truth to power.

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  3. Edward Said: “Professionals and Amateurs”

    In his fourth lecture, Edward Said examines the possibility of amateur intellectuals and their influence on society. He explores the notion of the ‘non-academic intellectual’ and considers some of the current pressures on intellectuals to be marketable and uncontroversial as well as in areas of specialisation, political correctness and authority.

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