The Top Ten: Top Public Intellectuals

Updated April 11, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
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Top Public Intellectuals





Rank Name Occupation Country
1. Noam Chomsky Linguist, author, activist United States
2. Umberto Eco Medievalist, novelist Italy
3. Richard Dawkins Biologist, polemicist Britain
4. Václav Havel Playwright, statesman Czech Republic
5. Christopher Hitchens Polemicist United States, Britain
6. Paul Krugman Economist, columnist United States
7. Jürgen Habermas Philosopher Germany
9. Amartya Sen Economist India
9. Jared Diamond Biologist, physiologist, historian United States
10. Salman Rushdie Novelist, political commentator Britain, India



In 2005, Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect magazine selected what they considered to be the top 100 public intellectuals. The list is meant to indicate an individual's public influence, not intrinsic achievement. Readers were then invited to rank the selections—more than 20,000 participated. For more about the methodology read The Prospect/FP Top 100 Public Intellectuals.
Source: Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect magazine.



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