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Download Epub Format ↠´ The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century PDF by ñ Tony Judt I thought especially the two chapters about Camus and Aron were very interesting.
Unlike some of France s post WW2 intellectuals who left ideology make them look like fools Sartre these three giant intellectuels publiques in France kept their integrity by remaining honest thinkers who kept to moral principles.
Have to be really into France to like this book.
, The loyalty of French writers, thinkers, and professors to their ideas was only matched by their utter indifference to reality .
I found this book very moving The choice of persons Judt made is debatable, but each one is a person of interest, a real person, with good and bad points The idea of perusing History through some of its actors personal history is always interesting, even taking into account that it makes the book less an History book and a book to read like a novel The advantage it is that the normal reader gets much involved and, in a sense, learns this way.
There are points specially relevant to the world today the capacity these three men to stand by themselves against the society, searching for what they thought right, even at a personal cost We all should learn from them.
Judt is a very attentive reader and a perceptive critic who clearly shows the difficulty of what each of these three tried to do cut some kind of path between the Communist left and the liberal center He also clearly describes the price they paid for much of their lives, almost in solitude, as he tells it, making enemies on all sides.
This collection could have used centrifugal force, or a little clarity behind the notion of responsibility, which seems straightforward but is actually a little elusive The introductory essay comes closest when it criticizes the tendency of other 20th cent French intellectuals to merely reflect back into the public sphere the country s own long standing political divisions And Ideological warfare substituted for attention to local realities, so that every

Before Tony Judt switched his focus to Eastern Europe, his original doctoral work and interest was in 20th century French political and intellectual history This little book comes from that earlier interest It consists of three essays on three French thinkers, writers and at least in Blum s case politicians who Judt clearly admired even though all three took than their share of criticism from the intellectual left think Sartre who dominated 20th century French thinking These three along with Judt himself all leaned significantly left but that did not prevent them from recognizing the truth, in particular about Stalinism Judt and his subjects believed that intellectuals, journalists, politicians etc had an obligation, a responsibility to face truths and not to somehow justify unacceptable or irresponsible actions simply beca Interesting angle brief profiles of three prominent left leaning 20th Century European anti communists, one an academic, one a politiican, and one a popular writer As flawed as they all were, their work holds up better than their opponents who seemingly triumphed at the time, which is a result of the three s human qualities than personal brilliance Could be a little tighter, but then these were originally written as speeches rather than as a single comparative essay.
What This is an excellent book, and is recommended Judt reviews the moral and intellectual careers of three men of tangential centrality to European Modernity L on Blum, Albert Camus, and Raymond Aron Judt attempts to show that each, while starting from the anti fascist Left, had to come to grips with the totalitarian instincts that emerged in the postwar Left in the form of Stalinism, and tiers mondisme notably in Algeria, in the Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot and that each showed himself, in accepting this challenge that shirked by most of their contemporaries in the French Intelligensia think Sartre as men of great moral courage and moral individuality.
They were men, you might say, of the radical center men of political responsibility setting themselves consciously in revolt against cruelty, brutality, and extremism wherever it was found What J Using The Lives Of The Three Outstanding French Intellectuals Of The Twentieth Century, Renowned Historian Tony Judt Offers A Unique Look At How Intellectuals Can Ignore Political Pressures And Demonstrate A Heroic Commitment To Personal Integrity And Moral Responsibility Unfettered By The Difficult Political Exigencies Of Their TimeThrough The Prism Of The Lives Of Leon Blum, Albert Camus, And Raymond Aron, Judt Examines Pivotal Issues In The History Of Contemporary French Society Antisemitism And The Dilemma Of Jewish Identity, Political And Moral Idealism In Public Life, The Marxist Moment In French Thought, The Traumas Of Decolonization, The Disaffection Of The Intelligentsia, And The Insidious Quarrels Rending Right And Left Judt Focuses Particularly On Blum S Leadership Of The Popular Front And His Stern Defiance Of The Vichy Governments, On Camus S Part In The Resistance And Algerian War, And On Aron S Cultural Commentary And Opposition To The Facile Acceptance By Many French Intellectuals Of Communism S Utopian Promise Severely Maligned By Powerful Critics And Rivals, Each Of These Exemplary Figures Stood Fast In Their Principles And Eventually Won Some Measure Of Personal And Public RedemptionJudt Constructs A Compelling Portrait Of Modern French Intellectual Life And Politics He Challenges The Conventional Account Of The Role Of Intellectuals Precisely Because They Mattered In France, Because They Could Shape Public Opinion And Influence Policy In Blum, Camus, And Aron, Judt Finds Three Very Different Men Who Did Not Simply Play The Role, But Evinced A Courage And A Responsibility In Public Life That Far Outshone Their Contemporaries An Eloquent And Instructive Study Of Intellectual Courage In The Face Of What The Author Persuasively Describes As Intellectual Irresponsibility Richard Bernstein, New York Times

Born in 1948, Tony Judt was raised in the East End of London by a mother whose parents had immigrated from Russia and a Belgian father who descended from a line of Lithuanian rabbis Judt was educated at Emanuel School, before receiving a BA 1969 and PhD 1972 in history from the University of Cambridge.Like many other Jewish parents living in postwar Europe, his mother and father were secular,