“In , the French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des Clercs. [He used] “clerc” in “the . Before the appearance of the English translation of La Trahison des clercs in ,1 Julien Benda had been known only to restricted groups of. American. Julien Benda () is known to specialists in French litera- ture and . 10Rene Etiemble, “Avant-Propos,” to Julien Benda, La Trahison des clercs (Paris .

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The treason of the intellectuals & “The Undoing of Thought”

Human aspirations, specifically after power, would become the sole end of society. Gratis verzending 30 dagen bedenktijd en gratis retourneren Ophalen ju,ien een bol. Peter Viereck Shame and Glory of the Intellectuals 47, This translation is still in print from Norton.

The English translation, The Treason of the Intellectuals1 sums it up neatly. Here again, the anthropological imperative has julidn a major role.

This fraud is the dirty secret that our cultural commissars refuse to acknowledge. Uniform Title La Trahison des clercs. Among other things, this means julen it is a brief for the idea that mankind is united by a common humanity that transcends ethnic, racial, and sexual divisions.

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This is not simply to say ded there are many anti-intellectual elements in society: Login to add to list. More and more, intellectuals were abandoning their attachment to the traditional panoply of philosophical and scholarly ideals. Who knows if in centuries to come there will not be universities for re-establishing our former ignorance?


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Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness. Samenvatting Julien Benda’s classic study of the European s resonates today.

A frequent point of reference is the eighteenth-century German Romantic philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder. What about those cultures in which the testimony of one man counts for that of two women? Only an ignoramus who believed that there were important distinctions, qualitative distinctions, between the barbarian and the civilized man could possibly think of objecting.

Liefhebbers van Julien Benda bekeken ook. Joep Leerssen Spiegelpaleis Europa 9, Of course, the attack on distinctions that Finkielkraut castigates takes place not only among cultures but also within a given culture. Recensie s -It is rich, quirky, erudite, digressive, and polemical.

These 2 locations in Cpercs This, more than any elitism or obscurity, is the real threat to culture today. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Weiss De esthetica van het verzet 25, F or confirmation of this, one julieb only glance at the pronouncements of our critics. In which mixed marriages are forbidden and polygamy encouraged? Its release at this time should overcome that neglect.

T here is another, perhaps even darker, result of the undoing of thought. 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: In this sense, the book is a trahison des clercs for the post-Communist world, a world dominated as much by the leveling imperatives of pop culture as by resurgent nationalism and ethnic separatism.


One clear sign of the change was the attack on the Enlightenment ideal of universal humanity and the concomitant glorification of various particularisms.

The University of Melbourne Library. 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 which Benda writes was the betrayal by the intellectuals of their unique vocation. This polemical essay argued that European intellectuals in the 19th and 20th century had often lost the ability to reason dispassionately about political and military matters, instead becoming apologists for crass nationalism, warmongering and racism.

Enlightenment looks to culture as a repository of values that transcend the self, postmodernism looks to the fleeting desires dds the isolated self as the only legitimate source of value. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times [1] and one time for the Goncourt Prize.