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. Julien Benda (26 December – 7 June ) was a French philosopher and novelist. He remains famous for his short book, La Trahison des Clercs (The Tr. The Treason of the Intellectuals: Julien Benda: La Trahison des clercs (; The Treason of the Intellectuals; also published as The Great Betrayal), Benda.

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Intellectuals are prone to politics and their own interests, the majority of people does not think beyond their primary needs and treadon Jan rated it it was amazing Mar 16, The multiculturalists wave the standard jullen radical politics and say in the words of a nineteenth-century Russian populist slogan that Finkielkraut quotes: Julien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist.

Vladislav Yastremsky rated it liked it Feb 10, To a large extent, the abdication of reason demanded by multiculturalism has been the result of what we might call the subjection of culture to anthropology. Winning is the only measure of success no matter how banal, or destructive, or painful to others the competition might be.

Buy From Transaction Publishers Amazon. The diatribe that Horkheimer and Adorno mounted against the concept of Enlightenment reminds us of an important peculiarity about the history of Enlightenment: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Of course, the attack on distinctions that Finkielkraut castigates takes place not only among juliej but also within a given culture. I believe there are better critiques of the trends described in this book.


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Multiculturalism, as Finkielkraut points out, requires that we respect such practices. Academics and journalists, pundits, moralists, and pontificators of all varieties are in this sense clercs.

Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and Even though intellectusls 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

It may be asserted that these writers would have warmly taken up the cause of France, if Intellectuald had not been their own country. Benda understood that the stakes were high: La Trahison des Clercs. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Not that the political Right, or even politics generally, have a monopoly on intellectual hypocrisy.

Instead he resorts to rants about interested others.

When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of the mind loses all meaning. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Beginning with Benda, Finkielkraut catalogues several prominent strategies that contemporary intellectuals have employed to retreat from the universal. Communism may have been effectively discredited. Re-entering that magical sphere, I recalled this piece by Julien Benda.

Spinoza’s ethics is often proposed as a method of establishing a social anarchy of post-modern experience. Julien Benda – – W. So it seems sensible to revisit Treason to at least become more aware of the problem.

Jul 03, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: Inthe young French philosopher and cultural critic Alain Finkielkraut took up where Benda left off, producing trreason brief but searching inventory of our contemporary cataclysms.


A frequent point of reference is the eighteenth-century German Romantic philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder. So one cannot use this work as a clerc, one can only use the questions it raises. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat I feel this book leaves its arguments vaguely unfinished, and instead rests its case on historical failures and predictions, such as grand wars, which could have been explained away by other means, and often were.

Outis rated it really liked it Jun 09, The Treason of the Intellectuals.

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: 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.

This edition is introduced by Roger Kimball. What Finkielkraut intellectuaals understood with admirable clarity is that modern attacks on elitism represent not the extension but the destruction of culture. In this sense, the book is a trahison des clercs for the post-Communist world, a trason dominated as much by the leveling imperatives of pop culture as by resurgent nationalism and jlien separatism.