Ronald Aronson Bio
Aronson, Ronald (b.
1938), Professor of Humanities, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies,
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
- distinguished Sartre scholar
- graduate student at Brandeis 1962-68: MA 1965, Ph.D. 1968: "Art
and Freedom in the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre," advised by Henry
David Aiken and Herbert Marcuse.
- Reader for Herbert in the Brandeis History of Ideas Program 1963-64.
- Aronson's Wayne State faculty
- Publication: "Dear Herbert" (A critique of Herbert Marcuse),
in: George Fisher, ed., The Revival of American Socialism (Oxford
University Press, 1971).
- July 2005 reminiscence posted on Doug
Ireland's blog entry:
"Today the most
important effect of studying with [Herbert] and being influenced by him
seems to be the intellectual and political resiliancy I developed. From
Althusser to postmodernism I remained unphased by the various fads and
was able to hold on to a radical, indeed strongly Marxist perspective,
and at the same time not forget that the ultimate political goal was to
join theory and practice. His teaching was so clear, so simple, so powerful.
Like Sartre, he produced few acolytes, many independent thinkers and actors.
My After Marxism  has an extended discussion of my encounter
with him (the "Marxist Itinerary" chapter) as well as a coming
to grips with his heritage in the final chapter."