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Raymond Aron's Philosophy of Political Responsibility: Freedom, Democracy and National Identity

Christopher Adair-Toteff


This book explores the crucial concept of responsibility and the critical role it plays in Raymond Aron’s political philosophy. This book argues that it is a key concept that is found throughout Aron’s political thinking. Aron learned to appreciate the importance of responsibility from several authors; most notably, Max Weber and von Clausewitz and it is present throughout many of his writings. The concept is found in Aron’s discussions of war and peace, ideology and totalitarianism, and on freedom. The book also discusses Aron’s political legacy and suggests that his political thinking can he ... More

Keywords: Raymond Aron, Responsibility, Political Philosophy, Social Theory, History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474447089
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Adair-Toteff, author