Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King all engaged in civil disobedience, and are widely admired for doing so.
In this article, Mark Greif, the essayist and founding editor of n+1, an intellecutal publication, wrote a tribute to his former mentor, the philosopher Stanley Cavell. Using Cavell as a model, and Cavell's own intellectual inspirations, Emerson and Thoreau, Greif asks, what makes a good public philosopher? What makes a philosopher's work especially compelling and more relevant than others'? And following Greif's path, are academia's discouraging conditions now too stifling for the life of the mind? How do we bridge the gap between academic philosophy and public philosophy?
Read the article here: https://nplusonemag.com/issue-12/essays/cavell-as-educator/