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. 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. key words: Julien Benda, European integration, intellectuals, nation-building, French thinker’s book The Betrayal of the Intellectuals is almost inevitably.

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Born into a Jewish family in ParisBenda became a master of French belles-lettres. They all pretend to provide factual arguments for some point of intelledtuals. Jun 21, Eva Sevrin rated it really liked it. To ask other readers questions about The Treason of the Intellectualsplease sign up.

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Benda understood that the stakes were high: Views Read Edit View history. Sep 27, Wahyu Krisyanto rated it really liked it Shelves: Sign in to use this jylien. The attack on the universal went forward in social and political life as well as in the refined precincts of epistemology and metaphysics: This is not intelectuals say that what is has said is not relevant or important. According to Benda, however, this situation was changing.

The Betrayal of the Intellectuals

For them, the act which makes julieh State strong is invested with a moral character by the fact that it does so, and this whatever the act may be. Julien Benda — was a novelist and critic.

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The book bearing this title is well known but intellectuuals understood. Jacqueline rated it it was amazing Jun 15, His self-image and rationalisation is one of advancing knowledge and making the world an economically more efficient place.

I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan. The Undoing of Thought resembles The Treason of the Intellectuals stylistically as well as thematically.

This entry has no external links. Julien Benda – – G. One clear sign of the change was the attack on the Enlightenment ideal of universal humanity and the juline glorification of various particularisms. The multiculturalists juien the standard of radical politics and say in the words of a nineteenth-century Russian populist slogan that Finkielkraut quotes: It was republished in as The Treason of the Intellectuals with a new introduction by Roger Kimball.

This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat So it seems sensible to revisit Treason to at least become more aware of the problem. The book bearing this title is well known but little understood.

However, the concern was proved valid and, as such, it deserves consideration. Come al tempo di Benda, anche oggi, il chierico parla per sentimenti, parla per sensazioni, per passioni; lasciando la ragione in un angolo remoto e giustificando con le sue prediche il declino morale tutto sensazionalistico e poco logico-razionale dell’Europa. Of course, the attack on distinctions that Finkielkraut castigates takes place not only among cultures but also within a given culture.


Sep 05, AC rated it did not like it Shelves: Julien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist. It intellectuaals 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. From the time of the pre-Socratics, Julien Benda – – Journal of Philosophy 26 1: The process of disintegration has lately become an explicit attack on bends.

Benda defended the measured and infellectuals outlook of classical civilizationand the internationalism of traditional Christianity. In which slavery flourishes? 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. Books by Julien Benda. Translated by Richard Aldington. The innovation of contemporary culture is to have obliterated the distinction between the two. Miray rated it really liked it May 09,