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In , the French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des clercs. I said “famous,” but. Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. The “treason of the intellectuals” is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous. Julien Benda (26 December – 7 June ) was a French philosopher and novelist. He remains famous for his short book, La Trahison des Clercs (The Tr.

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Only as I matured did I realise that what we were doing was letting someone else – particularly if they had deep pockets – define what ebtrayal a significant social problem. Here again, the anthropological imperative has played a major role. Sep 27, Wahyu Krisyanto rated it really liked it Shelves: This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball.

No trivia or quizzes yet. What Benda juilen novel was the accreditation of such cynicism by intellectuals.

I nthe French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des clercs. The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat T he Treason of the Intellectuals is an energetic hodgepodge of a book. Si istoria va zimbi la gindul ca Socrate si Iisus Cristos au murit pentru aceasta specie. Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere.

Julien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist. So it seems sensible to revisit Treason to at least become more aware of the problem. Miray rated it really liked it May 09, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was amazing Aug 14, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For today, in the United States anyway, only the inte,lectuals of the book, not its argument, enjoys much currency.


Who – if not intellectuals? Vladislav Yastremsky rated it liked it Feb 10, The upshot is not only that Shakespeare is downgraded, but also that the bootmaker is elevated.

One can only observe that, if anything, the situation has become worse since Hesse and Benda wrote. T here is another, perhaps even darker, result of the undoing of thought. This article has no associated abstract.

According to Benda I should receive no mercy: Historically, the Enlightenment arose as a deeply anti-clerical and, perforce, anti-traditional movement. But they knew when they acted badly because of intellextuals professional standards of public intellectuals. But the dispersal of these particular chimeras has provided no inoculation against kindred fabrications: January Learn how and when to remove this template message.

The Treason of the Intellectuals

The geography of intellectual bendw has changed dramatically in the last sixty-odd years. Such ideals have not fared well in the twentieth century: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Human beings have always been self-centred, careerist and often nasty. The diatribe that Horkheimer and Adorno mounted against the concept of Enlightenment reminds us of an important peculiarity nulien the history of Enlightenment: The multiculturalists wave the standard of radical politics and say in the words of a nineteenth-century Russian populist slogan that Finkielkraut quotes: Translated by Richard Aldington.


Return to Book Page. This is not simply to say that there are many anti-intellectual elements in society: If this were the case, then Spinoza, a clerc which bertayal author to be a shining example, would be a failure under interpretation of post-modern religion. View all 24 comments. In which slavery flourishes?

Julien Benda

Picasso becomes a kind of cartoon. Really interesting perspective on the role of intellectuals within society, however the structure is a bit chaotic from time to time.

Instead he resorts to rants about interested others.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. In which mixed marriages are forbidden and polygamy encouraged? Radu rated it ibtellectuals was amazing Aug 10, Communism may have been effectively discredited. Closing this work, Benda darkly predicts that the augmentation of the “realistic” impulse to domination of the material world, justified by intellectuals into an “integral realism”, risked producing an all-encompassing species-civilization that would completely cease “to situate the hetrayal outside the real world”.

This, more than any elitism or obscurity, is the real threat to culture today. In which female circumcision is practiced?

To a large extent, the abdication of reason demanded by multiculturalism has been the result of what we might call the subjection of culture to anthropology. In Europe in the s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, and instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism. It makes you think!