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Raymond Aron: 30 years on

Is Jean-Paul Sartre's great intellectual antagonist still relevant today?

By Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins  

Is Raymond Aron just a Cold War curiosity or a vital thinker whose ideas are still worth studying? © Erling Mandelmann

On June 7th, the L’École normale supérieure celebrated the life and work of its alumnus, Jean-Paul Sartre. Dubbed “La Nuit Sartre,” more than 100 participants took part in numerous round table discussions, lectures and expositions in commemoration of Sartre. The proceedings lasted until 3am.

La Nuit Sartre was something more than an exercise in nostalgia. The students who organised the festivities…

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