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The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron


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Introductory note - conjugating science and politics; the Dawn of Universal History - a commentary, Part 1 - change and continuity in industrial and political modernity; The Dawn of Universal History - a commentary, Part 2 - the dramatic character of the modern adventure; the liberal definition of freedom - Raymond Aron on liberty; Raymond Aron and the study of international relations; an outline of the liberal political science of Raymond Aron.

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Daniel J. Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Politics at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, has written widely on politics and political thought.


The finest philosophical treatise on the political science of Raymond Aron available. * The New England Reviews Of Books *
This is an extremely well-written book and . . . gives an exceptionally full and contextual picture of Aron's intellectual project. * The Review of Politics *
. . . comprehensive and balanced, deeply reflective and sharply focused . . . Mahoney's study of Aron's thought is important . . . * Crisis *
Daniel J. Mahoney's brief, lucid and highly stimulating treatment will no doubt help generate enthusiasm for Aron's writings and build up his stature in the English-speaking world. * First Things *
Anyone seeking a clear and accurate introduction to Aron's vast oeuvre would be well advised to read Mahoney's concise and extremely sympathetic overview. * Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy *
...a brilliant analysis...deserves a wide audience....Mahoney's prose is strong and crisp....As Aron's texts always remained 'exciting' for Daniel Mahoney, so does Mahoney's study remain for the reader. * Interpretation *
Mahoney's book is the best to date about the great French political thinker. -- Pierre Manent, Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron (EHESS, Paris)
A sober and comprehensive as well as thought-provoking introduction to Aron as political scientist. -- Thomas L. Pangle, University of Texas at Austin
A timely, serious and perceptive study of one of the most important thinkers of this century . . . * Stanley Hoffmann *
. . . splendid book. . . . Like Aron, Mahoney is realistic in his understanding of politics and insightful in his appreciation of political philosophy. -- Barry Cooper, University of Calgary
This excellent analysis . . . is . . . thoughtful, intellectually honest, and above all, courageous in its willingness to challenge contemporary intellectual doctrines. -- James Ceaser, University of Virginia

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