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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Could there possibly be anywhere deeper to go? They were non-materialistic knowledge-see Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. 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 cu dispretul fata de iubirea de oameni si cultul succesului, adica preamarirea conform distinctiei lui Saint-Beuve “inteligentei-spada” in locul “inteligentei-oglinda”.

Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and truthful and meaningful for all? 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.


So it seems sensible to revisit Treason to at least become more aware of the problem. Jan 12, Constantin C.

The geography of intellectual betrayal has changed dramatically in the last sixty-odd years. What Finkielkraut intellecutals understood with admirable clarity is that modern attacks on elitism represent not the extension but the destruction of culture.

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T he Treason of the Intellectuals is an energetic hodgepodge of a book. Who – if not intellectuals? It raises questions about how one presents their work as an academic and whether or not it is truly a theoretical gain, or if it is rather solely interested in political power under the banner of popular ethical quips. 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. What has been said here, if it were not a work of history, could have been argued in all of 20 pages.

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 Views Read Edit View history. Julien Benda – – W.

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Ambition is the essential intelleectuals of character for the university graduate. Hammam Azar rated it really liked it Dec 20, In which female circumcision is practiced? Bernhard Giesen – However, the way in which the author organizes this argument has difficulty. Return to Book Page. In other projects Wikiquote.


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His self-image and rationalisation is one of advancing knowledge and making the world an economically more efficient place. Nulien Introduction is written in the style of some sort of Straussian cant and is a complete waste of time. Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness.

Human aspirations, specifically after power, would become the sole end of society. Picasso becomes a kind of cartoon. Transaction PublishersDec 31, – Philosophy – pages.

Finkielkraut notes that the rhetoric of postmodernism is in some ways similar to the rhetoric of Enlightenment. Historically, the Enlightenment arose as a deeply anti-clerical and, perforce, anti-traditional movement. He disagreed with Henri Bergsonthe leading light of French philosophy of his day.

Julien Benda’s benva study of s Europe resonates today. One can only observe that, if anything, the situation has become worse since Hesse and Benda wrote.