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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In which slavery flourishes? 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.

The Treason of the Intellectuals by Julien Benda

Retrieved from ” https: It appears that we have reached the level of ultimate intellectual treason. This contradiction was an honor to the ju,ien species, and formed the rift whereby civilization slipped into the world. Tolga Ulusoy rated it it was intellectauls Aug 14, In which female circumcision is practiced? According to Benda, however, this situation was changing.

Request removal from index. 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 oc dispretul fata de iubirea de oameni si cultul succesului, adica preamarirea conform distinctiei lui Saint-Beuve “inteligentei-spada” in locul “inteligentei-oglinda”. Spinoza’s ethics is often proposed as a method of establishing a social anarchy of intelleectuals experience.

For example, the author claims that it is not necessarily the goal of a clerc that makes one fail, but rather how this work is used that bfnda it sufficiently treasonous. Truthfully, this book does not say very much. 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. The Undoing of Thought resembles The Treason of the Intellectuals stylistically as well as thematically.


Benda defended the measured and dispassionate outlook of classical civilizationand the internationalism of traditional Christianity.

The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: Julien Benda – – Gallimard.

The Treason of the Intellectuals

The problem is not one of practice and professional error but one of ideals. Jan rated it it was amazing Mar 16, However, the concern was proved valid and, as such, it deserves consideration. Si istoria va zimbi la gindul ca Socrate si Iisus Cristos au murit pentru aceasta specie. Anastasia rated it really liked it Apr 01, Eddy – – Modern Philosophy 4: What has been said here, if it were not a work of history, could have been argued in all of 20 pages.

What Finkielkraut has understood with admirable clarity is that modern attacks on elitism represent not the extension but the destruction of culture.

The Betrayal of the Intellectuals

Find it on Scholar. The problem here is that it is claimed reasonable to place blame on the intellectual for their social interpretation regardless of their goal.

Jul 17, Ingeborg rated it really liked it Shelves: Could there possibly be anywhere deeper to go? Vladislav Yastremsky rated it liked it Feb 10, Jun 10, Raimo Wirkkala rated it really liked it.

History of Western Philosophy. Closing this work, Benda darkly predicts that the augmentation of the “realistic” impulse to domination of the material world, justified by intellectuals into an “integral realism”, risked producing betrsyal all-encompassing species-civilization that would completely cease “to situate the good outside the real world”.

It makes you think! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. His self-image and rationalisation is one of advancing knowledge and making the world an economically more efficient place.


They were non-materialistic knowledge-seekers who believed in a universal humanism and represented a cornerstone of civilized society.

Julien Benda (Author of The Treason of the Intellectuals)

Finkielkraut notes that the rhetoric of postmodernism is in some ways similar to the rhetoric of Enlightenment.

They were non-materialistic knowledge-see Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. 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 sexual divisions. Instead he resorts to rants about interested others. The litany that Finkielkraut recites is familiar:. In other words, the real treason of the intellecyuals was not that they countenanced Callicles but that they championed him.

The thesis is interesting — though not entirely persuasive — but the book benxa better known than read. Who is going to protect humanity from its own stupidity, greed, its dangerous narrow national interests and wrong choices? January Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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.

In Europe in the s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, and instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism. Jul 03, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: They all pretend to provide factual arguments for some point of view.