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Ronald Aronson Bio


Aronson, Ronald Ronald Aronson(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 website
  • 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 [1995] 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."
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