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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Si istoria va zimbi la gindul ca Socrate si Iisus Cristos au murit pentru aceasta specie. This is not simply to say that there are many anti-intellectual elements in society: Jan 12, Constantin C.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The multiculturalists wave the standard of radical politics and say in the words of a nineteenth-century Russian populist slogan that Finkielkraut quotes: Benda is now best remembered for his short book La Trahison des Clercsa work of considerable influence. 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.

The predictions in the work became reality in the most devestating ways holocaustbut perhaps the scary part is that is still so relevant to contemporary issues faced today. The Introduction is written in the style of some sort of Straussian cant and is a complete waste of time. It is this mature form of Enlightenment, championing reason but respectful of tradition, that Finkielkraut holds up as an ideal.

And Finkielkraut, like Benda and, indeed, like Montaignetends to proceed more by collage than by demonstration. Dorin rated it it was amazing Oct 16, The author sometimes repeats himself, but this is still a very good and important book. It was republished in as The Treason of the Intellectuals with a new introduction by Roger Kimball. Sep 27, Wahyu Krisyanto rated it really liked it Shelves: They all pretend to provide factual arguments for some point of view.


What has been said here, if it were not a work of history, could have been argued in all of 20 pages.

Jun 21, Eva Sevrin rated it really liked it. The process of disintegration has lately become an explicit attack on culture.

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Inintellectuals still had something definite to betray. In this sense, the book is a trahison des clercs for the post-Communist world, a world dominated as much by the leveling imperatives of pop culture as by resurgent nationalism and ethnic separatism.

Hammam Azar rated it really liked it Dec 20, Historically, the Enlightenment arose as a deeply anti-clerical and, perforce, anti-traditional movement. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Julien Benda – – W. Still, there is something respectable about pointing this out, and it would seem to me that in a modern world, this is the kind of argument that is often offered in opposition to scientifically and ethically relativist postmodernist propositions.

Views Read Edit View history. During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason.

The treason of the intellectuals & “The Undoing of Thought”

Find it on Scholar. It raises questions about how one presents their work as an academic and whether or not it is truly a theoretical gain, or if it is rather solely interested in political power under the banner of popular ethical quips. And this brings us to the question of freedom. At one point early in my career I was a member of an academic institute at the University of Pennsylvania.


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This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Books by Julien Benda. Moreover, Benda survived the German occupation of France, —, and the Vichy regime despite being a Jew and having called the Germans “one of the plagues of the world”.

Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was amazing Aug 14, 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 good outside the real world”.

Julien Benda – – Gallimard. I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan. Only as I matured did I realise that what we were doing was letting someone else – particularly if they had deep pockets – define what constituted a significant social problem. Such ideals have not fared well in the twentieth century: The innovation of contemporary culture is to have obliterated the distinction between the two.

Winning is the only measure of success no matter how banal, or destructive, or painful to others the competition might be. Outis rated it really liked it Jun 09, Miray rated it really liked it May 09, However, the way in which the author organizes this argument has difficulty.

He disagreed with Henri Bergsonthe leading light of French philosophy of his day.