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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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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 tne scientifically and ethically relativist postmodernist propositions. But such clercs are inevitably rare. The “treason” of which Benda writes is the betrayal by the intellectuals of their unique vocation. 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.

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. If this book is reported as a work of a ‘clerc’, then it is a failure. The Treason of the Treqson.

During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason. Historically, the Enlightenment arose as a deeply anti-clerical and, perforce, anti-traditional movement. 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.

Quotes [ edit ] Treason of the Intellectuals [ edit ] When Machiavelli advises the Prince to carry out the Machiavellian scheme of action, he invests those actions with no sort of morality or beauty.


Re-entering that magical sphere, I recalled this piece by Julien Benda. In which female circumcision is practiced? The warning is imtellectuals follows: Instead he resorts to rants about interested others. Retrieved from ” https: Sep 27, Wahyu Krisyanto rated it really liked it Shelves: There are many sides to this phenomenon. The geography of intellectual betrayal has changed dramatically in the last sixty-odd years.

However, the way in which the author organizes this argument has difficulty. However, there is a slight oddity in that the very thesis of the book seems to fail at its own goal.

Jun 10, Raimo Trwason rated it really liked it.

Could there possibly be anywhere deeper to go? Julien Benda – – Journal of Philosophy 26 1: One clear sign of the change was the attack on the Enlightenment ideal of universal humanity and the concomitant glorification of various particularisms.

Julien Benda

Lists with This Book. Julien Benda tbe December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist. The pedlars have a constituency, from this they enjoy celebrity, and from celebrity they derive wealth with which to peddle more intellectual junk. Emehinola Taiwo rated it liked it Dec 17, The Treason of the Intellectuals. Come al tempo di Benda, anche thee, il chierico parla per sentimenti, parla per sensazioni, per passioni; lasciando la ragione in un angolo remoto e intellectulas con le sue prediche il declino morale tutto sensazionalistico e poco logico-razionale dell’Europa.

Trivia About The Treason of th According to Benda, this all began to change in the early twentieth century. Radu rated it it was amazing Aug 10, January Learn how and when to remove this template message. T here is another, perhaps even darker, result of the undoing of thought. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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

The process of disintegration has lately become an explicit attack on culture. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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”.

This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat Sep 05, AC rated it did not like it Shelves: I believe there are better critiques of the trends described in this book.

Be the first to ask a question about The Treason of the Intellectuals. Account Options Sign in. He bwnda nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Communism may have been effectively discredited.

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Only an ignoramus who od that there were important distinctions, qualitative distinctions, between the barbarian and the civilized man could possibly think of objecting. As soon as the society or individuals of that society does so, it gives up any plausible attention to transcendental truths.

Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and truthful and meaningful for all? The Betrayal of the Intellectuals.