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Treason of the Intellectuals: La Trahison Des Clercs

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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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Sep 05, 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
Jacopo Bertoli
Jul 02, 2016 Jacopo Bertoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scritto nel 1927 e ripubblicato dopo la Seconda Guerra Mondiale con una prefazione ampia, questo libro, seminale a tratti e per certi versi un unicum irripetibile, si chiede che funzione hanno gli intellettuali e quale è stata la loro figura e presenza negli anni a cavallo fra XIX e XX secolo. Ma non è solamente un tentativo di analisi sociologica dell'intellettuale (chierico) in un determinato periodo storico. Già dalla prefazione, Benda, illuminato da chissà quale lume della ragione, individua ...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.
Raimo Wirkkala
Jun 10, 2016 Raimo Wirkkala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fight through the dated references to what was then recent history and the even-more-voluminous references to French writers/philosophers, and the reader will be rewarded with the realization that the author managed the very important task of writing a book that has proven to be prescient and timeless. The observations made in 1920's France echo even to this day.
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...
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one of the most prophetic secular books ever.
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