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But I am not quite sure what it means to be an intellectual. In very general terms, someone intellectual, I p, is a person who is intelligent, though this doesn't say much. One dictionary says, in fact, that intellect is an abilitiy to think in depth.

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Being an academic, I often hear friends say that so-and-so is a nice person fo not an intellectual. Being an academic guarantees neither an intelligent person nor an intellectual one. A financial analyst?

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Some artists are articulate about art; but others are not. A friend in London, no scholar but an avid reader who maintains and continues to build a huge library at home, confirms this view.

It depends how deep you delve into their substance and what ificance you draw from them. What is intellectual depends on how you treat these subjects. Looking in from the wide world of non-intellectuals, intellectuals are folks who argue at length, complicate simple ideas, and make pronouncements they are convinced are as profound as they sound even if they were not.

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To be intellectual is perhaps to be academic and engage in academic discourse. She asked him one day, so she wrote me, if he considers himself an intellectual and he said no because he doesn't read enough to be an intellectual. But not all books are academic or scholarly; most books in wide circulation are not.

If intellectuals are academic types, the qualification is then perhaps books. Being articulate is no mark of quality as an artist.

The looking-glass for the mind; or, intellectual mirror. being an elegant collection of the most delightful little stories and interesting tales: , anderson alexander, j, cooper, berquin, m. (arnaud) books

Those who profess to be intellectuals are likely to dismiss plumbers, artists, and physicians as non-intellectuals in their professions. Artists, if they are truly artists, do just that. Is a skilful surgeon, who is intelligent, no intellectual if she didn't philosophize? Kaori Kitao, 5 September link to. Perhaps an intellectual is someone who thinks big -- who delves below the surface as well as scans a large context, sees links and connections, and integrates disparate parts into a systematic thought.

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That's why professors are prime examples of intellectuals -- at least in their own eyes. Reading a lot of scholarly books doesn't promise intellectualism, either.

Books feed the intellect. Some books are instructional; others are meant to entertain; and still others translate scholarly researches for a wider popular consumption. To be intellectual, in their perception, is to be widely read -- essentially in arts and letters. Implied in the statement is a sense of condescension. Inspector Morse?

Intellectual | meaning in the cambridge english dictionary

The OED infellectual that the intellectual is a person possessing superior powers of interesing. Does it mean to discuss philosophy, critical theory, or cutural analysis rather than, say, combustion engine, money market, or Anne Rice's vampires? For those who consider themselves intellectuals, an interesting conversation means, of course, taking up certain subjects and discussing them in depth -- analytically, critically, and philosophically -- or else concentrating on elevated subjects, like ideas, thoughts, and theories as opposed to practical matters.

But this is where I stumble. But I am at least looking and discursive and, for for, I may perhaps qualify myself to be called interesting innerletchwal. One dictionary says, in fact, that lopking is an abilitiy to think in depth. If truth were to be told, I think the OED is intellectual if someone is intelligent, I would consider that person an intellectual.

Reading a lot of books does not necessarily make an intellectual. That may be why intellectuals often look down on non-intellectuals.

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fod But what does it mean, then, to talk intellectually? But he frequents art museums and discusses works of art in great depth much more profoundly than she does, and posseses a highly developed critical acumen that she lacks, which he cultivated on his own by inspecting works of art intensely with his own eyes. Another says that it is the faculty of the mind to know and reason.

Academic discourse is built on bibliographic research.

Interestong intelligent and being academic are not the same thing. She contradicts the OED; but this is a prevalent perception among those who consider themselves intellectuals. But they are practical matters; so, when I introduce them in conversation, I am not being intellectual.

Articulate or not, they do engage their intellect in working out profound artistic problems. I am not going anywhere in this discussion of what it is to be an intellectual. Only if they are verbally sophisticated? An intellectual, then, is perhaps not just someone who is intelligent but a very intelligent person.

Plumbers, after all, may not read Plato but they can talk about plumbing in depth and analytically, too. Nowadays, Barbie, Madonna, and pawn shops are legitimate course topics at colleges no less than Plato, Picasso, and Calvinism. Married to a judge, now retired, who does not read, she claims he is no intellectual and considers herself one. We do encounter in the academe academics who are presumably intellectual but not necessarily intelligent.

Intellectual | definition of intellectual by merriam-webster

There are intelligent non-intellectuals on the other hand. A television producer? Discussing the best miter, the simplest way to make bechamel, or the right time to prune hydrangea macrophylla to assure large blossoms in the spring is not considered intellectual though they may be profoundly interesting to those who are interested in these subjects. It seems, then, that an intellectual is not expected to be intellectual all the time but would rather talk intellectually as often as intellectjal.

There are intelligent businessmen and there are not so intelligent ones, and some of these may be successful, too.

On the other hand, she also writes that he "is very intelligent and knows a lot and has excellent judgment in a lot of areas. They like big words; so, they talk a lot and describe themselves as loquacious.