Book Review: Raymond Aron's Philosophy of Political Responsibility: Freedom, Democracy, and National Identity by Christopher Adair-Toteff.

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  • Author(s): Agassi, Joseph ()
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    Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Jan2020, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p82-88. 7p.
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      Unlike most other commentators, Davis was far more critical of Aron and argued that, for all of his attempts to find a middle ground between realism and idealism, Aron was too often too idealistic. As "no one seems to have held a more prominent place in Aron's own thinking than Max Weber" (55), this hardly puts Aron on the level of de Tocqueville as interesting though it shows poignantly his courage and sincerity. It is hard to see the difference between the Marxist ideology that Aron suggested should be taken seriously as dangerous and the more militant, Hegelian militarist ideology that Aron was indulgent towards. Karl Popper to Raymond Aron, June 22, 1982; Fonds Raymond Aron, I Bibliothèque Nationale de France i , NAF 28060 (74). [Extracted from the article]
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