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
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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.
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The treason of the intellectuals & “The Undoing of Thought”
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. Benda survived the German occupation of France and the Vichy regime —, in Carcassonne. As a writer, Benda is considered to be primarily an essayist.
The Treason of the Intellectuals
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