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When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of the mind loses all meaning. Today we are trying to spread knowledge everywhere. Who knows if in centuries to come there will not be universities for re-establishing our former ignorance? I n , the French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des clercs.

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I will admit that I skimmed this book. Much of the material mentions names from French intellectual life with whom I am not familiar. In general, the author's contention seems to be that humanism and One of the more interesting texts for understanding the decline of the West in the twentieth century is "La Trahison des Clercs" The Treason of the Intellectuals by the French philosopher Julien Julien Benda — was a novelist and critic.

The Treason of the Intellectuals. Julien Benda. 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 s, intellectuals began abandoning their attachment to traditional philosophical and scholarly ideals, and instead glorified particularisms and moral relativism.

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The Treason of the Intellectuals

The Betrayal of the Intellectuals , though it was written nearly thirty years ago, remains the most important work of a prolific writer--a philosopher who has been opposed to most of the fashionable trends in literature and politics, and is still today a solitary and embittered representative of values that are neither shallowly progressive nor obtusely reactionary. In order to appreciate his significance it is necessary to give a general account of his position in French criticism and to trace the development of his ideas leading up to The Betrayal of the Intellectuals. Benda, who is a Jew by birth b. Then came a long silence. His next book appeared in in the famous series of pamphlets known as Les Cahiers de la Quinzaine. It takes for.

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I will admit that I skimmed this book. Much of the material mentions names from French intellectual life with whom I am not familiar. In general, the author's contention seems to be that humanism and One of the more interesting texts for understanding the decline of the West in the twentieth century is "La Trahison des Clercs" The Treason of the Intellectuals by the French philosopher Julien Julien Benda — was a novelist and critic. The Treason of the Intellectuals. Julien Benda.

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The Betrayal of the Intellectuals: (La Trahison Des Clercs)

Julien Benda 26 December — 7 June was a French philosopher and novelist, known as an essayist and cultural critic. Born into a Jewish family in Paris, Benda had a secular upbringing. His father's death in left Benda independently wealthy. His articles on the Dreyfus affair were collected and published as Dialogues.

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