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. The Treason of the Intellectuals: Julien Benda: La Trahison des clercs (; The Treason of the Intellectuals; also published as The Great Betrayal), Benda. The Treason of the Intellectuals Translated by Richard Aldington. Julien Benda Julien Benda – – Journal of Philosophy 26 (1) Intellectuals and the.

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Benda decries the change in the attitude toward intellectual activity manifested by proto-fascists like Maurras: The Introduction is written in the style of some sort of Straussian cant and is a complete waste of time. Return to Book Page.

Translated by Richard Aldington.

The book bearing this title is well known but little understood. This fraud is the dirty secret that our rteason commissars refuse to acknowledge. The disintegration of faith in reason and common humanity leads not only to a destruction of standards, but also involves a crisis of courage.

Miray rated it really liked it May 09, Truthfully, this book does not say very much.


The Treason of the Intellectuals by Julien Benda

One can only observe that, if anything, the situation has become worse since Hesse and Benda wrote. The Treason of the Intellectuals by Julien Benda. When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of the mind loses all meaning. His self-image and rationalisation is one of advancing knowledge and making the world an economically more efficient place.

From the time of the pre-Socratics, intellectuals, considered in their role as intellectuals, had been a breed apart.

A worried guy looked at the landscape and tried to articulate his concerns. Such ideals have not fared well in the twentieth century: It raises questions about how one presents intellecruals 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.

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Communism may have been effectively discredited. Benda points out that one reason for the base pragmatism of contemporary intellectuals is that they have been transformed into functionaries. The Open Society and Its Enemies: Intellectuals are prone to politics and their own interests, the majority of people does not think beyond their primary needs and interests When the distinction between culture and entertainment is obliterated, high art is orphaned, exiled from the only context in which its distinctive meaning can manifest itself: The innovation of contemporary culture is to have obliterated the distinction between the two.


Still, there is something respectable about pointing this out, and it would seem to me that in a modern world, bendq is the kind of argument that is often offered in opposition to scientifically and ethically relativist postmodernist propositions. Social Transformation and Intellectuals’ Role-Identification. Human beings have always been self-centred, careerist and often nasty. Vladislav Yastremsky rated it liked it Feb 10, See all 16 reviews.

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The Treason of the Intellectuals

If this book is julifn as a work of a ‘clerc’, then it is a failure. Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and Even trfason 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 “treason of the intellectuals” is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous.