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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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I believe there are better critiques of the trends described in this book. And this brings us to the question of freedom. Mark rated it really liked it Oct 26, The book bearing this title is well known but little understood.

The disintegration of faith in reason and common humanity leads not only to a destruction of standards, but also involves a crisis of courage. Lists with This Book.

He criticizes European intellectuals for allowing political commitment to insinuate itself into their understanding of the intellectual vocation, ushering the world into “the age of the intellectual organization of political hatreds. The author sometimes repeats himself, but this is still a very good and important book. Benda understood that the stakes were high: Winning is the only measure of success no matter how banal, or destructive, or painful to others the competition might be.

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The Undoing of Thought resembles The Treason of the Intellectuals stylistically as well as thematically. Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. A worried guy looked at the landscape and tried to articulate his concerns. jilien

The treason of the intellectuals & “The Undoing of Thought” | The New Criterion

Translated by Richard Aldington. There are many sides to this phenomenon.

Jul 17, Ingeborg rated it really liked it Shelves: Communism may have been effectively discredited. Outis rated it really liked it Jun 09, Eddy – – Modern Philosophy 4: Not that the political Right, or even politics generally, have a monopoly on intellectual hypocrisy.

I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan. And given the continuing echo in our own time of the problems he anatomized, the relevance of his observations to our situation can hardly be doubted.

Benda is now best remembered for his short book La Trahison des Clercsa work of considerable influence. Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and truthful and meaningful for all? Gwi von Galois rated it it was amazing Jun 09, This polemical essay argued that European intellectuals in the 19th and 20th century had often lost the ability to reason dispassionately about political and military matters, instead becoming apologists for crass nationalism, warmongering and racism.

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. According to Benda I should receive no mercy: 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 bendda.


The Betrayal of the Intellectuals

Instead he resorts to rants about interested others. I know this because I had this self-image and made this rationalisation for a large part of my adult life and was considered normal by my colleagues. During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason.

La Trahison des Clercs. One clear sign of the change was the attack on the Enlightenment ideal of universal humanity and the concomitant glorification of various particularisms. The geography of intellectual betrayal has changed dramatically in the last sixty-odd years.

They all pretend to provide factual arguments for some point of view.

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A frequent point of reference is the eighteenth-century German Romantic philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder. In which female circumcision is practiced? 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.

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