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Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century Iain Stewart (University College London)

Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century By Iain Stewart (University College London)

Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century by Iain Stewart (University College London)


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Raymond Aron is one of the most important liberal political thinkers of the twentieth century. The first historical account of his place in the liberal tradition, this book will appeal to readers interested in modern French history and the intellectual history of the Cold War.

Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century Summary

Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century by Iain Stewart (University College London)

Raymond Aron is widely regarded as the most important figure in the history of twentieth-century French liberalism. Yet his status within the history of liberal thought has been more often proclaimed than explained. Though he is frequently lauded as the inheritor of France's liberal tradition, Aron's formative influences were mostly non-French and often radically anti-liberal thinkers. This book explains how, why, and with what consequences he belatedly defined and aligned himself with a French liberal tradition. It also situates Aron within the larger histories of Cold War liberalism and decolonization, re-evaluating his contribution to debates over totalitarianism, the end of ideology, and the Algerian War. By exposing the enduring importance of Aron's student political engagements for the development of his thought, Iain Stewart challenges the prevailing view of Aron's early intellectual trajectory as a journey from naive socialist idealism to mature liberal realism, offering a new critical perspective on one of the twentieth century's most influential intellectuals.

Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century Reviews

'This thoroughly researched book is essential for anyone seeking to understand political theory in France during the 20th century. In addition to explaining the evolution of philosopher Raymond Aron's thought, the book situates his work in critical moments of French political history.' P. R. Babbitt, Choice

About Iain Stewart (University College London)

Iain Stewart is Lecturer in Modern European History at University College London and a former fellow of the Institut d'etudes avancees de Paris. He is co-editor of In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-totalitarianism and Intellectual Politics in France since 1950 (2016) with Stephen W. Sawyer.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Intellectual politics and the crisis of democracy; 2. History and politics; 3. Anti-totalitarianism; 4. The end of ideology; 5. Raymond Aron and the French liberal tradition; 6. Raymond Aron and the liberal moment in late twentieth-century French thought; Conclusion; Select bibliography; Index.

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NLS9781108735865
9781108735865
110873586X
Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century by Iain Stewart (University College London)
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2021-02-11
317
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