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  1. kingsley1989
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    Intellectual vs intelligentsia

    I want to know the difference between the two.

    And is the following sentence logically correct:

    He is the intelligentsia amongst the intellectuals of his time.


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    Re: Intellectual vs intelligentsia

    An intellectual is a highly educated person whose interests are studying and other activities that involve careful thinking and mental effort.

    Intelligentsia is the group noun meaning highly educated people in a society, especially those interested in the arts and in politics

    So he could be an intellectual, a member of the intelligentsia.


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    Re: Intellectual vs intelligentsia

    Thanks!

    I want to know if that means i can say:

    Rousseau is a intellectual and a intelligentsia in the Enlightenment.

    (having considered his profound influence in politics (intelligentsia and the field of philosophy (intellectual))


    One more thing:

    I have heard that 'intelligentsia' can be understood as the higher level of 'intellectual',which means that the prior is more superior to the later.
    Is that true?


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    Re: Intellectual vs intelligentsia

    Quote Originally Posted by kingsley1989 View Post
    Thanks!

    I want to know if that means i can say:

    Rousseau is a intellectual and a intelligentsia in the Enlightenment.

    (having considered his profound influence in politics (intelligentsia and the field of philosophy (intellectual))


    One more thing:

    I have heard that 'intelligentsia' can be understood as the higher level of 'intellectual',which means that the prior is more superior to the later.
    Is that true?
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    If you look again at my answer, you will see that "intelligentsia" is a group noun. You are a member of the intelligentsia. You cannot be an intelligentsia.

    Rousseau was a intellectual and a member of the Enlightenment's intelligentsia

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    Re: Intellectual vs intelligentsia

    Quote Originally Posted by kingsley1989 View Post
    One more thing:

    I have heard that 'intelligentsia' can be understood as the higher level of 'intellectual',which means that the prior is more superior to the later.
    Is that true?
    No, it isn't. As Anglika has explained it is (individual) intellectuals who make up the (group) intelligentsia. While some intellectuals in the intelligentsia are obviously more intellectual than others, a member of the intelligentsia cannot be superior to himself (or herself, of course).

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