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Treason of the Intellectuals: La Trahison Des Clercs

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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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Feb 22, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  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 really liked it  ·  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
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
Wow... During the XIXth century, Europe embraced gruesome stories and abandoned reason. A worried guy looked at the landscape and tried to articulate his concerns.
I believe there are better critiques of the trends described in this book. However, the concern was proved valid and, as such, it deserves consideration.
This leads to Bergson, Popper - for some real epistemology - and Steiner - for the crisis of the European mind following the WWII. And Plato's Gorgias.
Dec 25, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read!
Manuel Barrios
Aug 02, 2011 Manuel Barrios rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una magnífica reflexión sobre en qué momento, a caballo entre los siglos XIX y XX, los intelectales traicionaron su misión de servir a la verdad y se vendieron a causas como la nación o la clase...
Wahyu Krisyanto
Sep 27, 2007 Wahyu Krisyanto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essai
I read Indonesian version, -Pengkhiantan Kaum Cendikiawan-.

Mar 02, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the most prophetic secular books ever.
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