October 18, 2005

A New Chomsky Hierarchy

Congrats to Noam Chomsky, who came out on top of the Prospect/Foreign Policy poll of the world's top 100 intellectuals. Coming in second was Umberto Eco, third, Richard Dawkins, and fourth, Vaclav Havel. Apparently Christopher Hitchens also came in the top 10.

Here's the accompanying article and here's the original slate.

I voted for Richard Rorty, Salman Rushdie, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Why not Noam? Despite the fact that I've interviewed the guy (for the DFP), I'm stubbornly opposed to his distaste for the humanities. He's called English profs glorified "clerks" before, which hardly endeared him to me, an English major.

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