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Opium of the Intellectuals

Opium of the Intellectuals - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765807007

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ISBN13: 978-0765807007
ISBN10: 0765807009 Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Transaction Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2001
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Opium of the Intellectuals - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765807007

Raymond Aron, Daniel J. Mahoney and Brian C. Anderson

ISBN13: 978-0765807007
ISBN10: 0765807009 Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Transaction Publishers, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Political Myths

Ch. I The Myth of the Left
Ch. II The Myth of the Revolution
Ch. III The Myth of the Proletariat
Concerning Political Optimism

Pt. 2 The Idolatry of History

Ch. IV Churchmen and the Faithful
Ch. V The Meaning of History
Ch. VI The Illusion of Necessity
The Control of History

Pt. 3 The Alienation of the Intellectuals

Ch. VII The Intellectuals and their Homeland
Ch. VIII The Intellectuals and their Ideologies
Ch. IX The Intellectuals in Search of a Religion

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