Raymond Aron and the Morality of Prudence A Reconsideration

Daniel J. Mahoney, Raymond Aron and the Morality of Prudence A Reconsideration, Modern Age, 43, Part 3 (2001): 243-252.


No major intellectual figure of the 20th century displayed a better political judgments than the French political philosopher and sociologist Raymond Aron. He was right about the essential questions of his time and his judgments were invariably lucid, authoritative and reliable. He never succumbed to the “totalitarian temptation” or to the fashionable “postmodern” rejection of human nature or reason. But as well as anyone he appreciated the spiritual deficit that makes liberal society particularly vulnerable to political and intellectual assault.