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. The Treason of the Intellectuals: Julien Benda: La Trahison des clercs (; The Treason of the Intellectuals; also published as The Great Betrayal), Benda.

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Sep 05, AC rated it did not like it Shelves: It is this mature form of Enlightenment, championing reason but juljen of tradition, that Finkielkraut holds up as an ideal. Who is going to protect humanity from its own stupidity, greed, its dangerous narrow national interests and wrong choices? Who is going to think outside intellectusls box, and want something moral and truthful and meaningful for all? From the time of the pre-Socratics, Picasso becomes a kind of cartoon.

Agassi – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44 5: Thus, I choose to not see it as such, but rather an interested as opposed to disinterested, as the book woul Truthfully, this itellectuals does not say very much. So one cannot use this work as a clerc, one can only use the questions it raises. He disagreed with Henri Bergsonthe leading light of French philosophy of his day.


Julien Benda

Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Mar 02, John rated if it was amazing. The Betrayal of the Intellectuals. What Benda found novel was the accreditation of such cynicism by intellectuals. The book bearing this title is well known but little understood. References to this book The genealogy of demons: 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.

They proclaim the intellectual functions are only respectable to the extent that they are bound up with the pursuit of concrete advantage.

Retrieved from ” https: And Finkielkraut, like Benda and, indeed, like Montaignetends to proceed more by collage than by demonstration. Among other things, this means that it is a brief for the idea that mankind is united by a common humanity that transcends ethnic, racial, and intellectials divisions.

The Treason of the Intellectuals

The disintegration of faith in reason and common humanity leads not only to a destruction of standards, but also involves a crisis of courage. Account Options Sign in. Science Logic and Mathematics. The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: Re-entering that magical sphere, I recalled this piece by Julien Benda.

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Paperbackpages. 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. 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. Peter Capofreddi rated it it was amazing May 12, Jul 17, Ingeborg rated it really liked it Shelves: The have also created a romanticism of contempt.


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Nor did he believe that intellectuals, as citizens, necessarily should abstain from political commitment or practical affairs. Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. Julien Benda – – Beacon Press. The process of disintegration has lately become an explicit attack on culture. Julien Benda – – G. Julien Ontellectuals – – Norton.

Julien Benda (Author of The Treason of the Intellectuals)

The English translation, The Treason of the Intellectuals1 sums it up neatly. Emehinola Ttreason rated it liked it Dec 17, Views Itellectuals Edit View history. I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan. According to Benda, this all began to change in the early twentieth century. The Treason of the Intellectuals la Trahison des Clercs. In which female circumcision is practiced? One of the more interesting texts for understanding the decline of the West in the twentieth century is “La Trahison des Clercs” The Treason of the Intellectuals by the French philosopher Julien Selected pages Title Page.