Aron and International Relations by Stanley Hoffmann

Stanley Hoffmann, "Raymond Aron and the Theory of International Relations," International Studies Quarterly, v29 n1 (Mar., 1985): 13-27.


The scope of Raymond Aron’s work has always caused his commentators and his disciples to despair. Many unpublished works will probably be released in the near future. However, Aron’s death makes it possible to study in depth, at last, his scientific contribution and to separate the two activities which he led jointly and never fully distinguished: journalism, or commentaries of current events which he thought he had the duty to clarify and interprets and theoretical writings, the works of a philosopher of history who was a sociologist of contemporary societies and a critic of the social and political thoughts of most great writers in history.