The Treason of the Intellectuals

  • Title: The Treason of the Intellectuals
  • Author: Julien Benda Roger Kimball Richard Aldington
  • ISBN: 9781412806237
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Treason of the Intellectuals 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 The book bearing this title is well known but lit
    Julien Benda s classic study of 1920s Europe resonates today The treason of the intellectuals is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous The book bearing this title is well known but little understood This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball.From the time of the pre Socratics, intellectuals were a breed apart They were non materialistic knowledge seeJulien Benda s classic study of 1920s Europe resonates today The treason of the intellectuals is a phrase that evokes much but is inherently ambiguous The book bearing this title is well known but little understood This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball.From the time of the pre Socratics, intellectuals were a breed apart They were non materialistic knowledge seekers who believed in a universal humanism and represented a cornerstone of civilized society According to Benda, this all began to change in the early twentieth century In Europe in the 1920s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, and instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism.The treason of which Benda writes is the betrayal by the intellectuals of their unique vocation He criticizes European intellectuals for allowing political commitment to insinuate itself into their understanding of the intellectual vocation, ushering the world into the age of the intellectual organization of political hatreds From the savage flowering of ethnic and religious hatreds in the Middle East and throughout Europe today to the mendacious demand for political correctness and multiculturalism on college campuses everywhere in the West, the treason of the intellectuals continues to play out its unedifying drama.

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    1. Julien Benda 26 December 1867 7 June 1956 was a French philosopher and novelist He remains famous for his short book, La Trahison des Clercs The Treason of the Intellectuals or The Betrayal of the Intellectuals He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.


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    1. A Century of Further DeclineSeveral days ago I posted a review of my re-reading of Hermann Hesse’s The Glass Bead Game. Re-entering that magical sphere, I recalled this piece by Julien Benda. Written two decades before The Glass Bead Game, Treason of The Intellectuals covers similar ground and makes the same point as Hesse: something has gone seriously awry with education and the uses of intellectual power. One can only observe that, if anything, the situation has become worse since Hesse and [...]

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    2. A passionate, poorly argued hodge-podge on the anti-enlightenment trends of the interwar French intelligentsia that gathered around men like Charles Maurras and L' Action Française. The thesis is interesting -- though not entirely persuasive -- but the book is better known than read. The Introduction is written in the style of some sort of Straussian cant and is a complete waste of time.

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    3. Egalitariștii din zilele noastre, neînțelegând că nu poate exista egalitate decât în abstract și că esența concretului este inegalitatea, și-au dovedit, dincolo de remarcabila lor stângăcie politică, și extraordinara grosolănie de spirit. (p. 88)() faptul că astăzi în special oamenii de litere, în imensa lor majoritate, blamează liberalismul se numără printre fenomenele moderne care vor uimi cel mai mult istoria (). Fascinați de statul puternic, aceștia au proslăvit sta [...]

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    4. one of the most prophetic secular books ever.

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    5. Truthfully, this book does not say very much. What has been said here, if it were not a work of history, could have been argued in all of 20 pages. This is not to say that what is has said is not relevant or important. However, there is a slight oddity in that the very thesis of the book seems to fail at its own goal. If this book is reported as a work of a 'clerc', then it is a failure. Thus, I choose to not see it as such, but rather an interested (as opposed to disinterested, as the book woul [...]

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    6. Aparuta, pentru prima data in 1927, apartinind unui scriitor al carui nume e astazi (pe nedrept) aproape uitat, Tradarea carturarilor porneste de la premisa ca politicul (intruchipare a viziunii reale sau practice a existentei) tinde sa acapareze si sa anihileze artisticul (dimensiunea dezinteresata sau metafizica a existentei) cu ajutorul chiar al "carturarilor" (les clercs - cei devotati sferei spiritului, adica cei care, desprinsi de existenta practica, apara o forma de ideal situata in arta, [...]

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    7. Scritto nel 1927 e ripubblicato dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale con una prefazione ampia, questo libro, seminale a tratti e per certi versi un unicum irripetibile, si chiede che funzione hanno gli intellettuali e quale è stata la loro figura e presenza negli anni a cavallo fra XIX e XX secolo. Ma non è solamente un tentativo di analisi sociologica dell'intellettuale (chierico) in un determinato periodo storico. Già dalla prefazione, Benda, illuminato da chissà quale lume della ragione, indiv [...]

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    8. Even though the first edition of this book was in 1927, which can seem ancient, but the main issues that it adresses are still alive today, and are still a problem. Intellectuals are prone to politics and their own interests, the majority of people does not think beyond their primary needs and interests Who is going to protect humanity from its own stupidity, greed, its dangerous narrow national interests and wrong choices? Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and tru [...]

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    9. Wow During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason. A worried guy looked at the landscape and tried to articulate his concerns.I believe there are better critiques of the trends described in this book. However, the concern was proved valid and, as such, it deserves consideration. This leads to Bergson, Popper - for some real epistemology - and Steiner - for the crisis of the European mind following the WWII. And Plato's Gorgias.

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    10. Fight through the dated references to what was then recent history and the even-more-voluminous references to French writers/philosophers, and the reader will be rewarded with the realization that the author managed the very important task of writing a book that has proven to be prescient and timeless. The observations made in 1920's France echo even to this day.

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    11. I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan-.

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    12. Una magnífica reflexión sobre en qué momento, a caballo entre los siglos XIX y XX, los intelectales traicionaron su misión de servir a la verdad y se vendieron a causas como la nación o la clase

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