Published: 06/01/2005, Volume III, No. 5937 Page 33

Intellectual endeavour, and superiority is not very fashionable.

According to sociopolitical commentator and academic Frank Furedi, this is damaging to culture and progress in general.

Where have all the Intellectuals Gone? declares 'cultural war on philistines' and 'a rhetoric of flattery' where no-one is wrong and everyone wins.

Furedi has written widely on health scares and therapy culture and is also a regular contributor to www.

spiked-online. com, a website with challenging views on many of today's most pressing issues.

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