Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor of Politics at Assumption College. He received his B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Catholic University of America in political science. In 1999, Professor Mahoney was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron. He is associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor for Society magazine. A renowned expert on French political philosophy, his books also include the critically acclaimed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology.
Some of Mahoney’s lecture themes include: “Political Issues, Modern States, Ideology and Revolution,” “The Study of International Relations: Thucydides to Aron,” “Political Economy: Smith to Hayek,” and “Political Leadership.”
Contemporary academic political theory, especially in the United States, is dominated by a largely sterile debate between liberals and communitarians.
The West’s victory over Communism is best understood not as a victory for democracy per se but as a defeat for the illusion that persons could somehow live dignified lives without property, religion, or politics.
Paul Edward Gottfried, The Strange Death of Marxism: The European Left in the New Millennium
American conservatives are more disengaged from European political and intellectual life than ever, and many are intent to contemn all things European. Of course, a certain distrust of “advanced” European thought is perfectly warranted: the dominant stream of European opinion has indeed turned away from the best intellectual and moral resources of the Western tradition....