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. “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.

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

It was republished in as The Treason of the Intellectuals with a new introduction by Roger Kimball. Request removal ls index. Julien Benda – – G.

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Views Read Edit Ees history. Here again, the anthropological imperative has played a major role. Benda understood that the stakes were high: Who knows if in centuries to come there will not be universities for re-establishing our former ignorance? Pels – – Theory, Culture and Society 8 1: Bendz – – Benad of the Social Sciences 44 5: Multiculturalism, as Finkielkraut points out, requires that we respect such practices.


Inintellectuals still had something definite to betray. Yet he believed that science was superior to literature as a method of inquiry. Sign in to use this feature. Paul de Man and Hendrik de Man. The multiculturalists wave the standard of radical politics and say in the words of a nineteenth-century Russian populist slogan that Finkielkraut quotes: In the broadest terms, The Undoing of Thought is a brief for the principles of the Enlightenment. Picasso becomes a kind of cartoon.

Moreover, Benda survived the German occupation of France, —, and the Vichy regime despite being a Jew and having called the Germans “one of the plagues of the world”. Benda is now best remembered for his short book La Trahison des Clercsa work of considerable influence. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Only an ignoramus who believed that there were important distinctions, qualitative distinctions, between the barbarian and the civilized man could possibly think of objecting.

Julien Benda – – W. There are many sides to this phenomenon. Enlightenment looks to culture as a repository of values that transcend the self, postmodernism looks to the fleeting desires of the isolated self as the only legitimate source of value.


Partisan in its claims for disinterestedness, it is ruthless in its defense of intellectual high-mindedness. In other projects Wikiquote.

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

The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: In other words, bennda real treason of the intellectuals was not that they countenanced Callicles but that they championed him.

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The Frankfurt School Marxists Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno gave an exemplary but by no means uncharacteristic demonstration of one strain of this brand of anti-rational animus in the mids. Born into a Jewish family in ParisBenda became a master of French belles-lettres.

In closing, bitterly, he concludes: Jluien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist. This page was last edited on 7 Januaryat Bernhard Giesen – Retrieved from ” https: