Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1927. First edition. A very good copy in quarter morocco slipcase. Original light green printed wrappers. Binding partially faded, edges lightly foxed. Small octavo. 305,  pp. Item #10480
A vigorous defender of reason and the intellect against Romanticism and the cult of emotion, Benda argued that the intellect should be devoted to universal spiritual values and idealistic, humanitarian causes. He denounced those intellectuals or “clercs” who used their intellect for material, racial, or political ends.
“One of the major events in political thought between the two wars” (Printing and the Mind of Man 419).