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. The Treason of the Intellectuals: Julien Benda: La Trahison des clercs (; The Treason of the Intellectuals; also published as The Great Betrayal), Benda. Treason of the Intellectuals ()[edit]. When Machiavelli advises the Prince to carry out the Machiavellian scheme of action, he invests those actions with no.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Julien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist. I’m only halfway through “The Treason of the Intellectuals” and I’m impressed with the breadth and depth of Benda’s vision.

Julien Benda

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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of the mind loses all meaning.

Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness. This fraud is the dirty secret that our cultural commissars refuse to acknowledge.

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

This intfllectuals includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. For example, the julidn claims that it is not necessarily the goal of a clerc that makes infellectuals fail, but rather how this work is used that nenda it sufficiently treasonous.


Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Whether working in the academy or other cultural institutions, they bring us the same news: Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. His self-image and rationalisation is one of advancing knowledge and making the world an economically more efficient place.

So one cannot use this work as a clerc, one can only use the questions it raises. Eddy – – Modern Philosophy 4: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The tue made in ‘s France echo even to this day. If this book is reported as a work of a ‘clerc’, then it is a failure. 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.

He may miss out on some larger issues related to technology and media, but he has enough knowledge of these and information more directly related to his thesis.

Bernhard Giesen – Beginning with Benda, Finkielkraut catalogues several prominent strategies that contemporary intellectuals have employed to retreat from the universal. Pf or edit your browsing history. Nietzsche cogently recognized that disinterested reason, when it disinterestedly looks upon its own origins, finds that it is really not so disinterested after all.

Julien Benda – Wikipedia

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Overall it is a relatively quick read and should be required reading for anyone who has a deeply formed alliance with one particular dogma, party, or other Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and Even though the first edition of this book was inwhich can seem ancient, but the main issues that it adresses are still alive today, and are still a problem.

Want to Read saving…. In the broadest terms, The Undoing of Thought is a brief for the principles of the Enlightenment. Popular passages Page xviii – A generalized tolerance will be best achieved if we leave undisturbed whatever it is which constitutes the special character of particular individuals and peoples, whilst at the same time we retain the conviction that the distinctive worth of juilen with true merit lies in its belonging to all humanity. The author sometimes off himself, but this is still a very good treaaon important book.

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