The threat of danger: decadence and virtù

Miguel Morgado*

*Autor correspondente para este trabalho

Resultado de pesquisarevisão de pares


Raymond Aron was one among several thinkers who have been noticed for their awareness (in the case of Aron, a melancholy awareness) of the frailty of what we can call "civilization". "Civilization", then, seems worthy of protection; it seems to be the good that allows the enjoyment of all remaining goods. Liberal and democratic freedoms, or Western freedoms, are indeed "humanity's most precious" "acquisitions"; but they are also their most "tenuous" acquisitions. Thedifference between "absolute" Machiavellianism and "moderate" Machiavellianism became the main point of Aron's critique of Jacques Maritain's politics. For Machiavelli, virtù is the only adequate response to danger. Either danger is opposedby virtù or it brings servitude and destruction. The loss of "historical vitality" has an immediate political consequence, which is the loss of resoluteness, or the ability to choose decidedly. Aron would never forget what his former teacher, Léon Brunschvicg, had told him: "Fortunately my political opinions have no consequences".
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoPolitical reason in the age of ideology
Subtítulo da publicação do anfitriãoessays in honor of Raymond Aron
EditoresDaniel Mahoney
EditoraTaylor and Francis
Número de páginas15
ISBN (eletrónico)9781351498760
ISBN (impresso)0765803534, 9780765803535
Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 1 jan 2017

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