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Aron, Raymond Claude Ferdinand

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1983 AD
Nationality: French
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1905 – Born on March 14th in Paris, France. French sociologist, historian, and political commentator known for his skepticism of ideological orthodoxies.

1930 – Aron obtained his doctorate from the École Normale Supérieure with a thesis on the philosophy of history.

1939-1968 – He studied at the École Normale Supérieure, later becoming professor of social philosophy at the University of Toulouse and of sociology at the Sorbonne.

         – He wrote for the leftist Combat and became a highly influential columnist for Le Figaro.

         – His works focused on problems of sociology and history in opposition to Marxist ideology, and in L’Opium des intellectuels he criticized Jean-Paul Sartre and the Marxists for their support of the Soviet Union.

         – Among his other works are Sociologie Allemande Contemporaine, Introduction à la Philosophie de l’histoire, and Démocratie et Totalitarianisme.

1983 – He died on October 17th in Paris.

         – His Mémoires appeared.