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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Winning is the only measure of success no matter how banal, or destructive, or painful to others the competition might be. I nthe French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des clercs.
The innovation of contemporary culture is to have obliterated the distinction between the two. Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness.
But such clercs are inevitably rare. Julien Benda — was a novelist and critic. In Europe in the s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, yreason instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism. Not that the political Right, or even politics generally, have a monopoly on intellectual hypocrisy. However, there is a slight oddity in that the very thesis of the book seems to fail at its own goal. There are many sides to this phenomenon.
The treason of the intellectuals & “The Undoing of Thought”
o The disintegration of faith in reason and common humanity leads not only to a destruction of brnda, but also involves a crisis of courage. During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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. This is not disinterested!
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. A frequent point of reference is the eighteenth-century German Romantic philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder.
In which female circumcision is practiced? But they knew when they acted badly because of the professional standards of public intellectuals.
It may be asserted that these writers would have warmly taken up the cause of France, if France had not been their own country. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Julien Benda – – W. In this sense, the book henda 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.
Transaction PublishersDec 31, – Philosophy – pages. View all 24 comments. 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 For him morality remains what it is for everyone else, and does not cease to remain so because he observes not without melancholy that it is incompatible with politics. Sign in Create an account.
In other projects Wikipedia. Re-entering that magical sphere, I recalled this piece by Julien Benda. It was republished in as The Treason of the Intellectuals with a new introduction by Roger Kimball. Really interesting perspective on the role of intellectuals within society, however the structure is a bit chaotic from time to time.
Julien Benda – Wikipedia
Intellectuals are prone to politics and their own interests, the majority of people does not think beyond their primary needs and interests And this brings us to the question of freedom. If this book is reported as a work of a intel,ectuals, then it is a failure.
Ambition is the essential mark of character for the university graduate. Academics and journalists, pundits, moralists, and pontificators of all varieties are in jullen sense clercs.
T here is another, perhaps even darker, result of the undoing of thought. The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: If this were the case, then Spinoza, a clerc which the author to be a shining example, would be a failure under interpretation of post-modern religion. Account Bendq Sign in. 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. It oddly enough, seems to offer the beginnings of an explanation for why the alt-right and antifa might be considered equally nationalistic, fascistic, and ethically relativistic in the modern political world.
The diatribe that Horkheimer and Adorno mounted against the concept of Enlightenment reminds us of an important peculiarity about the history of Inteellectuals This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Find it on Scholar. The evil which serves politics ceases to be evil and becomes good. Sandra Teroni – Pavelescu Sabin-Stefan rated tje really liked it Dec 30, Published October 17th by Routledge first published When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of juulien mind loses all meaning.
According to Benda, however, this situation was changing. The book bearing this title is well known but little understood.