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By Pierre Manent, Roger Hausheer, Wojciech Karpiński, Walter Kaiser (auth.)

This booklet has been released to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Erasmus Prize and underline the significance of the 4 laureates who obtained the Prize within the jubileum 12 months. Raymon Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Leszek Kolakowski and Marguerite Y ourcenarcan be thought of 4 striking representatives of the original ecu highbrow culture that's characterized by way of its severe experience and recognize for freedom of the person. it really is as a result that they have got been offered the Erasmus Prize. The essays integrated during this publication are dedicated to those 4 personalities, a Frenchman strongly prompted by means of the German philosophical culture, a Russian who has settled in Oxford, a thinker banned from his local Poland, and a Frenchwoman of Belgian foundation dwelling in the USA. every one has verified in his or her personal manner that the guidelines on and beliefs of eu tradition and culture are oflasting price. every one acknowledges that human values can basically flourish in a pluralistic society, a society during which 'Ie juste milieu' needs to regularly be sought. The temptation to succumb to monistic, dogmatic and illiberal traits that proceed to threaten our civilisation not just from the skin but additionally from inside of, has to be constantly resisted. the consideration of guy reaches complete adulthood firstly in a society within which guy is the moulder and maker of himself and freedom of the person stands central.

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Cet ouvrage est une etude detaillee de la condition historique de l'homme. La procedure est analytique. Aron ne decrit pas la condition historique de l'homme comme Ie fait originaire a partir et ala lumiere duquel tout ce qui fait l'homme devrait etre compris. II ne cherche pas a penetrer en tant que tel Ie rapport enigmatique qui lie l'humanite de l'homme a l'Etre et la question de l'Etre a celle du Temps comme l'a tente Heidegger dans Sein und Zeit. II decrit, ordonne et articule les divers domaines de l'existence humaine dans lesquels l'homme est en rapport essentiel, direct ou indirect avec Ie temps; ainsi parcourt-illes divers modes de presence, d'experience et de connaissance du temps: de la connaissance de soi a la connaissance d'autrui, des divers univers spirituels dans lesquels l'individu a son site a la pluralite des perspectives qui s'offrent a lui, comme acteur et comme spectateur, comme homme prive, citoyen ou historien.

La meme annee 1955, sans abandonner lejournalisme, Raymond Aron reprit sa carriere universitaire, etant elu a la chaire de Sociologie de la Sorbonne. Ses cours, bientot publies, se sont imposes rapidement comme des classiques de la sociologie contemporaine: Dix-huit le(ons sur la societe industrielle (1963); La lutte de classes (1964); Democratie et totalitarisme (1965); Les etapes de la pensee sociologique (1967). Ce dernier ouvrage, enchainement de portraits historiques et intellectuels des grandes figures de la sociologie - Montesquieu, Comte, Marx, Tocqueville, Durkheim, Pareto, Weber - est particulierement important pour l'elargissement qu'il donna a la memoire des sociologues fran~ais.

Ces deux grands types de doctrine sont en apparence opposes: Ie premier fait de l'homme Ie seigneurdu temps grace ala connaisance; Ie second fait de l'homme lejouetdu temps, en soumettant l'experience et la connaissance humaines aux dispensations a chaque fois nouvelles et imprevisibles qu'apportent ou rendent possibles Ie lieu et Ie moment, les circonstances. De fait, l'un et l'autre abolissent egalement Ie caractere propre de la condition historique 33 de l'homme et son tragique specifique, qui reside en ceci precisement que l'homme n'est ni Ie seigneur ni lejouet du temps.

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