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The Opium of the Intellectuals - Raymond Aron

The Opium of the Intellectuals

By: Raymond Aron, Daniel J. Mahoney (Editor, Foreword by), Brian C. Anderson (Editor), Harvey C. Mansfield (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 31st January 2001
ISBN: 9780765807007
Number Of Pages: 382

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Raymond Aron's 1955 masterpiece The Opium of the Intellectuals, is one of the great works of twentieth-century political reflection. Aron shows how noble ideas can slide into the tyranny of "secular religion" and emphasizes how political thought has the profound responsibility of telling the truth about social and political reality -- in all its mundane imperfections and tragic complexities.

Aron explodes the three "myths" of radical thought: the Left, the Revolution, and the Proletariat. Each of these ideas, Aron shows, are ideological, mystifying rather than illuminating. He also provides a fascinating sociology of intellectual life and a powerful critique of historical determinism in the classically restrained prose for which he is justly famous.

For this new edition, prepared by Daniel J. Mahoney and Brian C. Anderson as part of Transaction's ongoing "Aron Project", political scientist Harvey Mansfield provides a luminous introduction that underscores the permanent relevance of Aron's work. The new edition also includes as an appendix "Fanaticism, Prudence, and Faith", a remarkable essay that Aron wrote to defend Opium from its critics and to explain further his view of the proper role of political thinking. The book will be of interest to all students of political theory, history, and sociology.

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-Raymond Aron's analysis of French intellectual culture of the 1940s and 1950s retains its relevance inot the 21st century, helping to illuminate the minds of intellectuals so that we can understand their penchant for irrational utopianism. Althought the particular controversies have changed somewhat, our modern intellectuals partake of the same opium.-

- Ideas on Liberty "Raymond Aron's analysis of French intellectual culture of the 1940s and 1950s retains its relevance inot the 21st century, helping to illuminate the minds of intellectuals so that we can understand their penchant for irrational utopianism. Althought the particular controversies have changed somewhat, our modern intellectuals partake of the same opium."

- Ideas on Liberty "Raymond Aron's analysis of French intellectual culture of the 1940s and 1950s retains its relevance inot the 21st century, helping to illuminate the minds of intellectuals so that we can understand their penchant for irrational utopianism. Althought the particular controversies have changed somewhat, our modern intellectuals partake of the same opium."

- "Ideas on Liberty" "Raymond Aron's analysis of French intellectual culture of the 1940s and 1950s retains its relevance inot the 21st century, helping to illuminate the minds of intellectuals so that we can understand their penchant for irrational utopianism. Althought the particular controversies have changed somewhat, our modern intellectuals partake of the same opium."

- "Ideas on Liberty"

Foreword to the Transaction Editionp. ix
Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. xi
Forewordp. xvii
Political Myths
The Myth of the Leftp. 3
The Retrospective Myth
Dissociation of Values
The Dialectic of Regimes
Idea and Reality
The Myth of the Revolutionp. 35
Revolution and Revolutions
The Prestige of the Revolution
Revolt and Revolution
Revolution in France?
The Myth of the Proletariatp. 66
The Proletariat Defined
Real and Ideal Emancipation
The Attraction of Ideal Emancipation
The Dullness of Real Emancipation
Concerning Political Optimismp. 94
The Ideolatry of History
Churchmen and the Faithfulp. 105
The Infallibility of the Party
Revolutionary Idealism
Trials and Confessions
Revolutionary 'Justice'
The Meaning of Historyp. 135
Plurality of Meanings
Historical Units
The End of History
History and Fanaticism
The Illusion of Necessityp. 161
The Determination of Chance
Theoretical Predictions
Historical Predictions
On the Dialectic
The Control of Historyp. 191
The Alienation of the Intellectuals
The Intellectuals and Their Homelandp. 203
On the Intelligentsia
Politics and the Intelligentsia
The Intellectuals' Paradise
The Intellectuals' Hell
The Intellectuals and Their Ideologiesp. 236
The Basic Factors
The National Debates
The Japanese Intellectuals and the French Example
India and British Influence
The Intellectuals in Search of a Religionp. 265
Economic Opinion or Secular Religion
Militants and Sympathisers
From Civil Religion to Stalinism
Secular Clericalism
The Destiny of the Intellectualsp. 295
Conclusion
The End of the Ideological Age?p. 305
Appendixp. 325
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780765807007
ISBN-10: 0765807009
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 31st January 2001
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.24  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Type: New edition

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