Aron and Marxism: the Aronian Interpretation of Marx

  • Sylvie Mesure
Part of the Recovering Political Philosophy book series (REPOPH)


The purpose of evoking Aron’s “Marxism” is not, as one might suspect, to “Marxize” Aron, but to question the Aronian interpretation of Marxism—to interpret Aron interpreting Marxism1–in order to show that this French political theorist developed his ideas about history and politics through a permanent confrontation with Marx, whom he qualified without hesitation as a “genius.”


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