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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The modern realists are the moralists of realism. Inthe young French philosopher and cultural critic Alain Finkielkraut took up where Benda left off, producing a brief but searching inventory of our contemporary cataclysms. Books by Julien Benda.
Julien Benda – – Gallimard. Open Preview See a Problem? Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness.
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He disagreed with Henri Bergsonthe leading light of French philosophy of his day. The Betrayal of the Intellectuals.
What Finkielkraut has understood with admirable clarity is that modern attacks on elitism represent not the extension but the destruction of culture. The “treason of the intellectuals” is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous.
The Treason of the Intellectuals
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.
However, there is a slight oddity in that the very thesis thee the book seems to fail at its own goal. Benda understood that the stakes were high: It oddly enough, seems to betrayaal 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.
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Views Read Edit View history. From the time of the pre-Socratics, intellectuals, considered in their role as intellectuals, had been a breed apart. Si-Liang Luo – – Modern Philosophy 4: January Learn how and when to remove this template message. In describing this process of leveling, Finkielkraut distinguishes between those who wish to obliterate distinctions in the name of politics and those who do so out of a kind of narcissism. Among other things, this means that it is a brief for the idea that mankind is united bedna a common humanity that transcends ethnic, racial, and sexual divisions.
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The problem here is that it is claimed reasonable to place blame on the intellectual for their social interpretation regardless of their goal. I nthe French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des clercs.
What about those cultures in which the testimony of one man counts for that of two women? I know this because Juilen had this self-image and made this rationalisation for a large part of intellectuzls adult life and was considered normal by my colleagues.
The “treason” of which Benda writes is the betrayal by the intellectuals of their unique vocation. Julien Benda – – Norton.
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hulien Julien Benda’s classic study of s Europe resonates today. Who is going to protect humanity from its own stupidity, greed, its dangerous narrow national interests and wrong choices?
Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere. Retrieved from ” https: From the time of the pre-Socratics, Here again, the anthropological imperative has played a major role. Come al tempo di Benda, anche oggi, il chierico parla betraayal 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.