Aron’s Politic Liberal Rationalism by Daniel Mahoney

Daniel J. Mahoney,  "The Politic Liberal Rationalism of Raymond Aron," Polity, v24 n4 (Summer, 1992): 693-708.


” At the time of his death in 1983, Raymond Aron had finally achieved a level of public recognition and even celebration that had eluded him to ring most of his adult and professional life. Aron, to be sure, was well known in France as a philosopher, political sociologist, and journalistic commentator on politics and international affairs but his humane and skeptical liberalism did not easily competes with the flashier “creative” currents of Parisian thought from existentialism and “left bank” Marxism to structuralism and deconstruction which successfully seized  the public and academic imagination. The subtitle of Erin’s memoirs (published in France months before his death and recently excellently translated into English and a somewhat abridged version) gives us the clue to this longtime failure to recognize Aron’s achievement: Aron had dedicated himself, with rare persistence and modesty, to “50 years of political reflection” he was, of course, open to philosophical analysis and reflection.”