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Synonyms for clerisy

an educated and intellectual elite

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For Oettinger and his fellow elitists, the ideal society is one in which the vast majority of people are minimally educated to a sub-literate comic-book level; a collectivized social order of unthinking docile workers who are dependent on an intellectual clerisy (Oettinger and company) for informational sustenance.
Its practitioners are not scientists but members of a secular clerisy drawn to some branch or other of quasitheological speculation.
Having long noted the political and social ramifications of the supposedly systematic interpretation of legal precedent lying at the heart of the common law, Coleridge suggests that a group of cultural trustees, the Clerisy, could perform a quasi-judicial role to guide reading in the public sphere.
They rarely speak of the glories of medieval and Renaissance Europe, or of lessons from the now vanished clerisy and aristocracy.
735) Ecclesiastical History of the English People, a text that would become almost as well known among the clerisy of the Latin West as was Zhuangzi among Chinese scholars.
He discusses such topics as the incompleteness of philosophy alone, the anti-philosophy philosophy of Epicurus and Rousseau, Coleridge's notion of the clerisy, and sacramentally rooted thought.
Among the clerisy, the intelligentsia of Christendom, the fatal propensity developed to treat ideas as more important than people.
In fact, members of the Brotherhood play a role not unlike that of puritan radicals in Reformation Europe, and the more established clerisy often surfer by comparison in the eyes of the public, who see the more traditional Imams as too close to the regime.
Following a long and generally fruitless effort by Southern writers during the Reconstruction era and early modern period to defend the Southern past, a Southern renascence arose in which, for the first time, Southern writers joined in the work of the modern literary clerisy to resist those forces of mechanization and abstraction that were at odds with an older civilization of myth and memory.
It reads rather like a candidate's essay for entry to membership of the US academic inner clerisy via an elaborately obscure text on an almost impenetrably dull topic.
THE MEDIA CLERISY flatter themselves on inheriting the early twentieth-century muckraking tradition of investigative journalism.
7) Mill, notes Williams in the following pages, proposes a National Church, a whole class or Clerisy, with theology as the 'circulating sap and life', but the main aim of this new church was the cultivation of civilization and human perfection.
3) A university-trained clerisy can become so wasted by the indulgence of their passions, so addicted to the exercise of pure willful power, so allergic to limits and humility, that they can react only with terror at the idea of something so majestic, so demanding of the self, as a definite and knowable truth.
However, he did discuss in a few writings, albeit briefly, his notion of a clerisy, a doctrine common in the nineteenth century and one which figured strongly in the thought of Coleridge, Carlyle and John Stuart Mill.