The Phantom Public
NY, Harcourt, Brace, (1925). A volume in his evolving argument about the need for experts and elites in a democracy, to guide the masses of people. In this book he mitigated his original argument by recognizing that experts and elites were typically outsiders to the fields and the problems they would comment on, so less useful as leaders than he originally argued. This brought him and John Dewey closer together. This copy is from the library of legendary Johns Hopkins professor Richard Macksey, the polymath who introduced Jacques Derrida and the Structuralists to America, and who was fluent in six languages and an expert in a variety of fields pertaining to the arts. Marginal foxing throughout, small abrasion to the front pastedown; about very good, lacking the dust jacket. [#034880] $300
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