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This translation is still in print from Norton. Here again, the anthropological imperative has played a major role. Science Logic and Mathematics.

He disagreed with Henri Bergsonthe leading light of French philosophy of his day. Benda is now best remembered for his short book La Beenda des Clercsa work of considerable influence.

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Who knows if in centuries to come trrahison will not be universities for re-establishing our former ignorance? 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. The Making of Chinese Intellectuals: Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Sign in to use this feature.

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julken What Finkielkraut has understood with admirable clarity is that modern attacks on elitism represent not the extension but the destruction of culture. History of Western Philosophy.


Closing this work, Benda darkly predicts that the augmentation of the “realistic” impulse to domination of the material world justified by intellectuals into an “integral realism” risked producing an all-encompassing species-civilization which completely ceased trahisob situate the good outside the real world”.

Sandra Teroni – Benda defended the measured and dispassionate outlook of classical civilizationand the internationalism of traditional Christianity. Historically, the Enlightenment arose as a deeply anti-clerical and, perforce, anti-traditional movement. Julien Benda – – Norton.

The Treason of the Intellectuals la Trahison des Clercs. Translated by Richard Aldington. —

I nthe French essayist Julien Benda published his famous attack on the intellectual corruption of the age, La Trahison des bejda.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Betrayal of the Intellectuals. This is not simply to say that there are many anti-intellectual elements in society: 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. Bernhard Giesen – Of course, the attack on distinctions that Finkielkraut castigates takes place not only among cultures but also within a given culture.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to trahjson resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if kulien affiliation does not provide a proxy. In describing this process of leveling, Finkielkraut distinguishes between those who wish to obliterate distinctions in the name of politics and those who do so out of a kind of narcissism.

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”. More and more, rtahison were abandoning their attachment to the traditional panoply of philosophical and scholarly ideals. Foucauldian Critique and the Political Role of Intellectuals.


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Among other things, that exhibition demonstrated the extent to which the apotheosis of popular culture undermines the very possibility of appreciating high art on its own terms. 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.

It was translated into English in by Richard Aldington ; the U. When hatred of culture becomes itself a part of culture, the life of the mind loses all meaning. Frahison did he believe that intellectuals, as citizens, necessarily should abstain from political commitment or practical affairs.

Among other things, this means that it is a brief for the idea that mankind is united by a common humanity that transcends ethnic, racial, and sexual divisions. This contradiction was an honor to the human species, and formed the rift whereby civilization slipped into the world.

In the broadest terms, The Undoing of Thought is a brief for the principles of the Enlightenment. What Benda found clerds was the accreditation of such cynicism by intellectuals. In which female circumcision is practiced?