The DEMISE OF THE PROPHETS (1992)

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The final programme in a four-part series presenting an account of the most influential intellectuals of the twentieth century. Beginning in May 1968, when the Left was at its height, covers Maoism, Baader-Meinhoff terrorism, Cambodia and the death in 1980 of Jean-Paul Sartre. Suggests that Sartre's death was a turning point and that today's intelligentsia has become isolated and introverted, with human rights as its sole cause. Considers whether the intellectual is a dying breed.

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