The role of the hyperintellectual in civil society building and democratization in the BALKans

Studies in East European Thought 59 (3):195 - 214 (2007)
Abstract
Although intellectuals have been a part of the cultural landscape, it is in post-conflict societies, such as those found in Kosovo and Bosnia, that there has arisen a need for an intellectual who is more than simply a social critic, an educator, a man of action, and a compassionate individual. Enter the hyperintellectual. As this essay will make clear, it is the hyperintellectual, who through a reciprocating critique and defense of both the nationalist enterprise and strong interventionism of the International Community, as well as being a man of action and compassionate and empathic insider, strives to create a climate of understanding and to enlarge the moral space so as to reduce the divisiveness between opposing parties. In this way the hyperintellectual becomes a catalyst for the creation of a democratic culture within the civil societies of Kosovo and Bosnia.
Keywords Bosnia and Herzegovina  Civil society  Democratization  Empathy  Hospitality  Hyperintellectual  Intellectuals  Kosovo  Moral performance  Public sphere
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