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. 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. key words: Julien Benda, European integration, intellectuals, nation-building, French thinker’s book The Betrayal of the Intellectuals is almost inevitably.
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Thus, I choose to not see it as such, but rather an interested as opposed to disinterested, as the book would argue warning to the intellectual. There are many sides to this phenomenon. In the broadest terms, The Undoing of Thought is a brief for the principles of the Enlightenment. The genealogy of demons: Eddy – – Modern Philosophy 4: Most of the titles in the bibliography below were published during the last three decades of Benda’s long life; he is emphatically a 20th-century author.
The disintegration of faith in reason and common humanity leads not only to a destruction of standards, but also involves a crisis of courage. Open Preview Berayal a Problem?
The Betrayal of the Intellectuals
One can only observe that, if anything, the situation has become worse since Hesse and Benda wrote. Hammam Azar rated it really liked it Dec 20, He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times  and one time for the Goncourt Prize. If this were the case, then Spinoza, a clerc which the author to be a shining example, would be a failure under interpretation of post-modern religion. Gwi von Galois rated it it was amazing Jun 09, Pragmatism exhorts him to do so in the name of his practical attributes.
This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball.
The author sometimes repeats himself, but this is still a very good and important book. Asa se explica de ce principiile carturarului modern au devenit exaltarea curajului pe care filosofii, de la Socrate la Renan, il considerau o virtute de rangul al doileaexaltarea onoarei, exaltarea duritatii impreuna cu dispretul fata de iubirea de oameni si cultul succesului, adica preamarirea conform distinctiei lui Saint-Beuve “inteligentei-spada” in locul “inteligentei-oglinda”.
Not that the political Right, or even politics generally, have a monopoly on intellectual hypocrisy. Whether working in the academy or other cultural institutions, they bring us the same news: Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense bejda intellectual high-mindedness.
Academics and journalists, pundits, moralists, and pontificators of all varieties are in this sense clercs. Could there possibly be anywhere deeper to go?
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As soon as the society or individuals of that society does so, it gives up any plausible attention to transcendental truths. Only an ignoramus who believed that there were important distinctions, qualitative distinctions, between the barbarian and the civilized man could possibly think of objecting. Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere.
Thus, I choose to not see it as such, but rather an interested as opposed to disinterested, as the book woul Truthfully, this book does not say very much. According to Benda, however, this situation was changing. Picasso becomes a kind of cartoon. bftrayal
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It appears that we have reached the level of ultimate intellectual treason. View all 24 comments. They were non-materialistic knowledge-see Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. The process of disintegration has lately become an explicit attack on culture.
Really interesting perspective on the role of intellectuals within society, however the structure is a bit chaotic from time to time. Inintellectuals still had something definite to betray.
According to Benda, this all began to change in the early twentieth century. I nthe French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the bena, La Trahison des clercs.
What about those cultures in which the testimony of one man counts for that of two women? Sep 05, AC rated it did not like it Shelves: Benda defended the measured and dispassionate outlook of classical civilizationand the internationalism of traditional Christianity. T here is another, perhaps even darker, result of the undoing of thought.
Honesty Still Is the Best Policy. The Frankfurt School Marxists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno gave an exemplary but by no means uncharacteristic demonstration of one strain of this brand of anti-rational animus in the mids. It makes you think! Beginning with Benda, Finkielkraut catalogues several prominent strategies that contemporary intellectuals have employed to retreat from the universal.
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