THE INTELLECTUALS: Two Conversations About Culture

Assessing the state of a continent's intellectual and cultural life in any detail, or in a sharp pattern, is an all but impossible task. Perhaps the most useful and pleasantest way to consider the whole is in conversation—preferably with a multilingual, polymathic scholar. Last week TIME correspondents discussed the world of arts and ideas with two of Europe's leading intellectuals: Dr. George Steiner, a French-born American thinker who is currently a fellow of Cambridge's Churchill College; and Dr. Joachim Kaiser, principal critic for Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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