Raymond Aron as Political Theorist

Melvin Richter, "Raymond Aron as Political Theorist," Political Theory, v12 n2 (May, 1984): 147-151.


Raymond Aaron developed a style of political theory unique not only in France but elsewhere. He combined the capacity and the will to investigate in depth the major political problems of his day and then to make clear their theoretical meaning as well as their probable consequences in actual practice. Both a practicing journalist and a writer of serious academic books, he put his awesome intellectual powers into the service of clarifying political choices for the intelligent citizen and the governmental policymaker able to think beyond the short term. This function Aaron performed at a higher theoretical level  than any other commentator of his time, while never disdaining the needs to master the hard facts and technical languages  needed to chart the complex choices generated by the world in which he lived.