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Treason of the Intellectuals: La Trahison Des Clercs
by Julien Benda
En 1927 un filósofo francés osaba publicar un valiente ensayo en el que denunciaba a buena parte de los pensadores de su tiempo por lanzarse al combate político enarbolando la bandera de la sinrazón, del militarismo y de la xenofobia, y eligiendo como enemigos a los que precisamente debían ser sus ideales: la verdad, la justicia, la razón, la libertad. El filósofo se llama ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1927)
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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 Benda (1867-1956). The central thesis of the book, first published in 1927, is that the intellectual class in modern times has abandoned its historic role of being a voice for justice, fairness, liberty, and freedom of inquiry. It has substituted its former adherence to timeless principles for a crass ...more
Sep 06, 2010 AC rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A passionate, poorly argued hodge-podge on the anti-enlightenment trends of the interwar French intelligentsia that gathered around men like Charles Maurras and L' Action Française. The thesis is interesting -- though not entirely persuasive -- but the book is better known than read. The Introduction is written in the style of some sort of Straussian cant and is a complete waste of time.
Dec 29, 2011 Stela rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Aparuta, pentru prima data in 1927, apartinind unui scriitor al carui nume e astazi (pe nedrept) aproape uitat, Tradarea carturarilor porneste de la premisa ca politicul (intruchipare a viziunii reale sau practice a existentei) tinde sa acapareze si sa anihileze artisticul (dimensiunea dezinteresata sau metafizica a existentei) cu ajutorul chiar al "carturarilor" (les clercs - cei devotati sferei spiritului, adica cei care, desprinsi de existenta practica, apara o forma de ideal situata in arta, ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Ingeborg rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Even though the first edition of this book was in 1927, which can seem ancient, but the main issues that it adresses are still alive today, and are still a problem. Intellectuals are prone to politics and their own interests, the majority of people does not think beyond their primary needs and interests ... Who is going to protect humanity from its own stupidity, greed, its dangerous narrow national interests and wrong choices? Who is going to think outside the box, and want something moral and ...more