Political Reason in the Age of Ideology: Essays in Honor of Raymond Aron

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A little over one hundred years after his birth, and not quite twenty-five years since his death, interest in the French political philosopher and sociologist Raymond Aron (1905-1983) continues to grow. Aron is now widely recognized as one of the most significant intellectual figures of the postwar period, whose wide-ranging reflections played a key part in preserving liberal democracy in Europe and abroad. His sober analyses of modern society, his trenchant critique of ideological politics and every form of totalitarianism, and his philosophical reflections on politics and history have given powerful support to democratic liberalism throughout the western world. Aron’s work combines passion and observation, disinterested reflection and love of liberty in a way that is an imitable model for humane and balanced political reflection.

In this stimulating collection of essays, inspired by the centennial of Aron’s birth, a distinguished group of North American and European scholars—including Pierre Manent, Stanley Hoffmann, Irving Louis Horowitz, Liah Greenfeld, Claude Lefort, and Aurelian Craiutu—examine four key aspects of Aron’s thought and work: his educative legacy; his reflections on other philosophers and intellectuals; his distinctive approach to international relations; and the unique character of his own political reflection. The result is a masterful engagement with Aron’s intellectual legacy and a thoughtful coming to terms with the political and intellectual substance of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765803535
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/9/2007
  • Series: Festschriften Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan-Paul Frost is the James A. and Kaye L. Crocker Endowed Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is editor and co-translator (with Robert Howse) of Alexandre Kojève’s Outline of a Phenomenology of Right (2000) as well as a contributor and co-editor (with Jeffrey Sikkenga) of History of American Political Thought (2003).

Daniel J. Mahoney is chair and professor of political science at Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts. He was the recipient of the Prix Raymond Aron Award, is currently associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science, and is book review editor of Society. His books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron; Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity; and De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: The Enduring Relevance of Raymond Aron   Bryan-Paul Frost   Daniel J. Mahoney     1
Aron's Educative Legacy
Raymond Aron-Political Educator   Pierre Manent     11
A Lifetime of Reflection
Aron, Marx, and Marxism: An Interpretation   Daniel J. Mahoney     33
Raymond Aron and Jean-Paul Sartre   Fred Baumann     47
Aron's Clausewitz   Barry Cooper     75
Raymond Aron and Alexis de Tocqueville   Stanley Hoffmann   Bryan-Paul Frost     105
Main Currents and Sociological Thought   Liah Greenfeld     125
International Politics and Political History
Raymond Aron and La France libre   Michael Curtis     147
Raymond Aron and the Origins of the Cold War   Carlos Gaspar     175
Raymond Aron: From the Philosophy of History to the Theory of International Relations   Stephen Launay   Paul Seaton   Daniel J. Mahoney     195
Raymond Aron, Critic of International Law: A Reading of Peace and War   Claude Lefort   Daniel J. Mahoney   Paul Seaton     211
The Threat of Danger: Decadence and Virtu   Miguel Morgado     227
The Anglo-AmericanVision of Raymond Aron: British Principles and American Practices Revisited   Irving Louis Horowitz     243
Aron on Aron
Faces of Moderation: Raymond Aron as Committed Observer   Aurelian Craiutu     261
An Introduction to Raymond Aron: The Political Teachings of the Memoirs   Bryan-Paul Frost     285
About the Authors     309
Index     313
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